Broncos Hot Topics: Von Miller and Injuries


Derek Wolfe (95) during training camp at the Broncos training facility. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Monday’s Broncos practice had John Fox standing in front of the media answering questions about Von Miller and the team’s injury situation. Talk about a testy Monday.

According to Fox and other team sources, the Broncos were never made aware of Miller’s potential six game suspension by NFL officials. The news came from Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, who are normally very reliable guys though.

“We haven’t been aware of really any of it to be honest with you,” Fox said. “We don’t know the suspension. There is no suspension and at which time there is we’ll report that, but anything else right now is really just talking heads.”

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard said that the entire team has Miller’s back.

“We always talk to him,” Woodyard said. “He always talks to us. We try to give him advice in different situations, what we would do. Like I said, we’ve got to continue to rally around him. He’ll learn from this, whether he gets off or whether he won’t, he’s going to learn from it.”

Miller could miss some big time action, but it won’t hurt as badly if Champ Bailey and Derek Wolfe are ready to go in week one.

Wolfe was carted off the field Saturday against the Seahawks with a neck injury. After undergoing a battery of tests, Wolfe was cleared to hop on the team plane back to Denver after the game.

“I think fortunately it’ll be quicker than originally thought,” Fox said of Wolfe’s recovery. “What exactly that is, I hate putting timetables [on it]. He’ll be day-to-day. I think there is some soreness as you’d expect, but from a medical standpoint he’s fine.”

Bailey was seen walking around on crutches after the weekend’s 30-point loss. Fox said he’s day-to-day as well, but the Broncos likely won’t use him again until week one.

“It did feel a little different out there without them, especially with me as a safety, communicating with Champ,” Rahim Moore said. “And me and Wolfe have a ritual—we always catch the ball with one another before we start a series.”

Those aren’t the only defensive players missing time. Starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley is set to have surgery on his wrist, which moves Woodyard to the middle and Danny Trevathan to the weakside spot.

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