Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tore his ACL Sunday gainst the Houston Texans and will miss the rest of the season, reports ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Miller underwent an MRI Monday, which revealed the injury he suffered in the Broncos’ 37-13 win over the Texans.
Miller left the game midway through the first quarter after his leg buckled as he was fighting to get off a block on a 3-yard completion from Matt Schaub to Keshawn Martin.
Miller, who missed the first six games of the season because of a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, has 34 total tackles, five sacks and nine tackles for loss.
“People get sick of hearing me say it, but it’s next man up literally,” Coach John Fox said after Sunday’s game. “Nate Irving stepped in and did a very good job. Our team has been that way the whole season — doesn’t matter what phase of the game it is, even me taking a leave of absence for four weeks.”
Shaun Phillips believes the defense has enough talent to pick up the slack.
“Hopefully Von is OK,” Phillips said after the game. “We don’t know. But we’ve got a bunch of capable guys. I mean, Robert Ayers plays good football. I could play football. We added (Jeremy) Mincey. I mean, we’ve got a bunch of guys that can play football. It’s got to be next man up because if we worry about one guy, then what are we going to do? We can’t dwell on it. We’ve got to keep rocking.”