DENVER - Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has a torn ACL, Vice-President of Football Operations John Elway confirmed Monday morning.
Miller is out for the season and the playoffs.
John Elway said "Obviously Von is a big part of that defense, but I think that we were able to win 6 games when he wasn't available. I feel bad for Von, b/c Von has done a lot of work to get back to where he is and was starting to hit his stride late in the year. I think it was just only the ACL, so it should make for a full recovery."
The Broncos' linebacker left early in the game Sunday against the Houston Texans with a knee injury.
"A guy like Von Miller, you can’t replace what he can do on the field but we just have to continue to play as a unit and try to limit our mistakes mentally and make teams beat us physically," said Cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
The injury happened as Miller was engaged with a blocker on the Broncos' second defensive series.
"It’' a blow. That’s like losing a guy like Ryan Clady earlier in the season [Wes] Welker. Anytime you take any of those caliber of players, it's a blow. But 'next man up' kind of approach. Our guys will deal with it and we have to," Coach John Fox said.
"It's definitely tough losing a guy of his caliber," Wide Reciever Eric Decker said Monday. "Him just getting back, halfway through the season, finding his rhythm as a pass rusher - you're going to miss him tremendously. But we’ve got guys that are going to have to step up and our depth is getting a little slimmer. But this time of the year, you’ve just got to find a way to be successful."