Broncos LB Von Miller “Dodged a Bullet” With Recent Ankle Injury

Denver Broncos' linebacker Von Miller in 2017
Denver Broncos' linebacker Von Miller in 2017. Photo by John Middlebrook/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9301119bo)

Seeing their star linebacker Von Miller leave the Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday with an ankle injury brought up some bad memories for the Denver Broncos. Miller injured the same ankle at the start of the 2020 NFL season and missed the remainder of the season.

This time around, however, it appears that Miller managed to avoid spending any time on the sidelines. Speaking with reporters on Friday, the 32-year-old player revealed that the injury isn’t severe, and he believes he’ll be ready to play in Week 8.

“Right when it happened, right when it happened, I felt it, said a quick prayer,” Miller said via ESPN. “I didn’t want to put any pressure on it at first. They tested it in all directions, it was good. I asked them if I could run, they said no. But I feel like I dodged a bullet.”

Von Miller got hurt just before halftime and did not return to the game. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the decision was made out of precaution. The later tests showed there was no structural damage to the ankle, which is usually a good indicator that a player won’t miss much time.

Miller has been productive for Denver this season, totaling 4.5 sacks in the first six weeks. He also has 18 tackles and eight QB hits.