Update (9:00 p.m. CT): Ian Rapoport has given us the results of Von Miller’s MRI after he sustained an injury in practice today. As the Broncos initially feared, he will miss the 2020 season. Huge loss for what was shaping up to be a fierce Broncos’ defense.
Update (8:15 p.m. CT): Adam Schefter is reporting an injured tendon for Von Miller that will likely require season-ending surgery.
The Titans have been preparing for their opening game with the Denver Broncos for months. Those preparations likely took a turn this evening with reports surfacing that star outside linebacker Von Miller suffered a major freak injury that will sideline him for the game, if not the entire season.
Arguably the best player on a talented Denver defense, Miller was hoping to pair up with former first-round pick Bradley Chubb for the first time since a Week 4 knee injury knocked Chubb out for the rest of last season.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos are not even sure if Chubb himself will be ready by Week 1.
The 31-year-old Miller, 2012’s defensive rookie of the year, was coming off an 8-sack season, the second-lowest total of his career.
Due to the timing of the injury, the Titans likely won’t make any major changes to their game plan, but it is undeniable that the loss of Miller is a major one for the Monday Night game. Without Miller looming over the right side, the Titans may not need as much tight end support to help starting RT Dennis Kelly and may feel more confident taking shots down the field. Overall, the Titans are a running team first, and that was likely to be the case regardless of who was lining up at outside linebacker for the Broncos.
The Titans and Broncos face off in the second Monday Night Football game on Monday, September 14th, at 9:20 p.m. CT.