AAn ACL tear for Von Miller isn't expected to cost the Denver Broncos pass rusher any time in the 2014 regular season as he is expected to be ready to return in July, according to report from Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Miller, 24, followed up his AP Defensive Rookie of the Year season in 2011 with a First-Team All-Pro season in 2012; however, Klis aptly described Miller's 2013 year as "nightmarish." After serving a six-game suspension to begin the year, Miller tallied five sacks in nine starts upon his return before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 16.
The sacks were far below the pass rushing pace he set during his 18.5-sack season in 2012 and even below the 11.5 sacks he tallied as a rookie in 2011.
Regardless, the Broncos defense was better with Miller in the lineup as it improved from 407.5 yards allowed per game to 332.9 yards upon his return from suspension. On Monday, Broncos head coach John Fox spoke to the media about the loss of the linebacker:
"It's a blow," coach John Fox said Monday, "much like losing a guy like (offensive tackle) Ryan Clady earlier in the season. But our guys will deal with it."
Nate Irving, a fellow third-year linebacker, previously served as a starter for the Broncos in Miller's absence and is expected to take over once again. In 45 career games and three starts, Irving has not recorded a sack.