Broncos place linebacker Von Miller on injured reserve following ankle surgery
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Von Miller is heading to injured reserve, the Broncos announced Tuesday, meaning Denver will officially be without its star linebacker for the indefinite future.

Should Miller heal from the ankle injury he suffered in practice Sept. 8, he’d be eligible to be added to the roster, but coach Vic Fangio said last week that “it’s too early to say for sure” whether Miller will be able to return this year.

Miller had surgery on that ankle Sept. 11, and is coming off a down year statistically in which he failed to record double-digit sacks for just the second time in his career. He put on muscle in the offseason and those within the Broncos organization believed the eight-time Pro Bowler was poised for a bounce-back year before the injury, which Fangio described as a freak occurrence.

In a video posted to Broncos social media Monday, Miller didn’t count out the possibility of his return in 2020.

“I want to let my teammates know I’m in great spirits,” Miller said. “The surgery was a success, and I appreciate all the phone calls, well-wishes and prayers… It’s motivating and inspiring to help me push myself forward to this long road back.

“I’m attacking every single day, and I don’t feel like this will be the end of me this season. Three-to-six months with this injury (is the normal recovery), and I’m looking at three-month period. I’m going to attack it hard every single day and we’ll see where we get.”

The 31-year-old’s never played less than nine games in his 10-year career, and he’s played 16 games six times. Miller’s franchise-record 106 regular-season sacks are tied for 25th-most in NFL history since the league began keeping track of the statistic in 1982.

In Miller’s place, the Broncos will continue to look to Jeremiah Attaochu and Malik Reed to pick up the slack, especially as fellow outside linebacker Bradley Chubb is eased back into a full-time load coming off of ACL surgery last year.

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