Broncos OLB Von Miller (ankle) and ILB Brandon Marshall (knee) are active for today's game against the Chiefs.
Broncos OLB Von Miller (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. HC Vance Joseph said Miller will be in the lineup, though, according to Pro Football Talk. If you're planning to use Miller, then he should be good to go. LB Brandon Marshall (knee) is also questionable. He has become a weak IDP contributor.
To the surprise of probably no one, Broncos OLB Von Miller landed the largest-ever contract for a defensive player before Friday's deadline for franchise-tagged players. The 6-year deal includes $70 million in guarantees and just might lock in the 27-year-old as a Bronco for the life of his NFL career. It removes concern on Miller's 2016 status for IDP owners and keeps the best player in a Denver defense that belongs among the top 5 in fantasy football drafts.
The NFL's deadline for franchised players to sign a long-term contract -- or wait until after the season to resume negotiations -- looms this Friday. That day might be more important for Broncos OLB Von Miller than other tagged players. “No, I’m not gonna play on the franchise tag. It just doesn’t make sense in any way,” Miller told ESPN on Monday. “I’ve never really played for money. It’s bigger than that for me. It’s a league-wide problem that I feel like I’m in a situation to help out with.” That sounds fairly serious -- more serious than the usual player simply (and understandably) trying to maximize his earning potential during a short career. It should worry IDP owners about Miller's 2016 outlook if he doesn't agree to a deal by Friday. The Broncos reportedly increased the guaranteed money recently in a contract offer worth more than $100 million total, so we'll see what happens this week.
The Broncos on Tuesday placed the exclusive franchise tag on OLB Von Miller. That means he can't even negotiate with other teams in free agency. It also makes clear what all have expected: that the Broncos intend to keep Miller around long term.
Broncos OLB Von Miller came away from Week 2 with a sore groin muscle that found him on the sideline late in the game. According to The Denver Post, though, it doesn't seem like a significant issue. Miller actually played through the issue for a while Sunday afternoon before coming out. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Week 3, but don't panic if your IDP lineup features Denver's star pass rusher.
Dr. James Andrews has cleared Broncos LB Von Miller to take the field for the start of camp, according to The Denver Post. GM John Elway said Miller won't take part in contact drills until the week of the 3rd preseason game in late August. But the news is encouraging for a star player who tore his right ACL in the 2nd-to-last regular-season game. Broncos CB Chris Harris, on the other hand, will start camp on the PUP thanks to his Jan. 12 ACL tear. Both are key to the Denver D, though Miller's return should mean more to the unit's fantasy value.
Broncos LB Von Miller added 16 pounds of muscle during his 6-game suspension, according to FOX's Jay Glazer. Wow. That puts the former 250-pound OLB and pass-rusher around 270. We'll be interested to see whether the added upper-body bulk inhibits his pass-rushing. Miller's a quick-twitch speed guy. As long as he maintains his previous level of flexibility, though, the extra muscle could help in 1-on-1 combat with blockers.
Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard (neck) and DE Robert Ayers (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. Both players missed the Week 6 victory over Jacksonville but appear on track to play against the Colts on Sunday night. Of course, the biggest return for Denver will be that of LB Von Miller. He has completed his 6-game suspension and will return to play Indy.
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