DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets recovers a fumbled snap in the second quarter against Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Von Miller Injury: Broncos LB Ruled Out For Week 13 After Thumb Surgery

Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller reportedly underwent thumb surgery following Sunday's overtime win over the San Diego Chargers.

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Von Miller Injury: Broncos Rookie LB Out Week 13 With Thumb Injury

After undergoing surgery on his injured thumb earlier in the week, there was still a remote possibility that Denver Broncos star rookie linebacker Von Miller is out for their Week 13 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Though the sports punditry has given Tim Tebow all the credit for the Broncos' stunning turnaround, those who have actually watched the games have seen that the best player in Denver all season has been Miller, and his absence will really hurt the defense that's held opponents to 13 points or less the last three weeks. Miller has 10.5 sacks and 57 tackles on the season, and has created consistent havoc in the backfield all season long.

Without Adrian Peterson, the Broncos should still have their way with the Vikings, but if there were a time when Tebow is most vulnerable, it's when his team's best player is out.

For more on Miller's status and what it means for the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. For updates and info on Miller's opponent, visit Vikings blog Daily Norseman.

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Von Miller's Injury Status Is Uncertain Entering Week 13

The Denver Broncos Week 12 victory over the San Diego Chargers came at a price as star rookie LB Von Miller suffered a thumb injury, which required surgery earlier this week. So that officially puts his status for Week 13 as unknown. He didn't practice on Wednesday but has another couple of days to get on practice time in before Sunday, if he's going to play.

The Denver Post reports that a thumb injury like this would usually keep a player out at least a week but Miller has stated he plans to play on Sunday. In fact, Miller didn't come out of last week' game after the injury, instead staying in to make a big stop in overtime to help the Broncos to victory.

Miller is having a heck of a rookie season with 10.5 sacks through 11 games. If he can't go, Mario Haggan says he'll be ready to replace him.

"People are acting like they're having a heart attack," Haggan said of Miller's possible absence Sunday. "I think the only person not worried is me. But I understand. He's definitely worked to become worthy of the high draft pick that he was. He's been balling. I'm sure he'll doing everything he can to play. If not, I'll be ready."

The Broncos defense has been terrific lately -- Miller was just named defensive rookie of the month -- so losing him would obviously be a blow to the Broncos. They travel to Minnesota this weekend to take on the Vikings.

Check out SB Nation's Mile High Report for more on the Broncos and why MIller is so awesome.

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Von Miller Reportedly Had Surgery On Thumb

Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller reportedly underwent thumb surgery following Sunday's overtime win over the San Diego Chargers.

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