Denver Broncos: Von Miller unlikely to play in 2020
Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller is considered unlikely to play in 2020.
Von Miller has not played a snap for the Denver Broncos this season after suffering what initially appeared to be a season-ending ankle injury. There was hope, however, that the All-Pro outside linebacker would get to play at least the final week of the season.
That does not appear to be the case anymore.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio said on Wednesday that as of today, Miller is not likely to play during the 2020 season.
In October, Miller acknowledged that he had a goal to return to practice on December 13th. That obviously has not happened.
It’s very disappointing in my opinion but at the same time, it’s not at all surprising. In a lost season, we would like to see some positive plays. Miller has been known to create those types of plays. On the other hand, what’s the point in having him show up when the playoffs are no long an option?
Besides, Malik Reed has really come along nicely in replacement of Miller. Reed has 8.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hits and has played 70 percent of the team’s snaps this season. That ranks fourth on the team in terms of linebacker play (although Bradley Chubb is listed as a defensive end on Pro Football Reference).
This past offseason, the Broncos held the club option and exercised it, keeping Miller around another year. In the 2021 offseason, the same process will occur. I do not see how Miller will not be a member of the Broncos in 2021. That idea has been floating around, but I just don’t see that happening.
Miller has been a very productive player for the Broncos ever since he stepped into the building. Unfortunately this injury has forced him to miss out on helping the team on the field but there is no doubt that he has been very helpful off the field and in the film room.
Miller has 490 tackles and 106 sacks in his career.
The main goal is to help the team get to another Super Bowl—and win it. But on a personal level for Miller, climbing up the sack charts could very well be important to him. This was an unfortunate season for the future Hall of Famer. He will just have to get back to that statistical monster that we all know and love when he returns to the field.