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Denver Broncos star pass-rusher Von Miller suffered an injury to a tendon in his ankle that is expected to need surgery and likely end his 2020 season before it even begins, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This comes after reports from the NFL Network surfaced that Miller, 31, was undergoing an MRI on his lower leg after going down on Tuesday. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora also relayed that Miller’s injury was feared to be season-ending and now it appears that has come to fruition. 

Specifically, the injury occurred on the last play of Tuesday’s practice, per Schefter, that was being held indoors due to the blizzard hitting the area. The Broncos weren’t even in full pads during the session and Miller, in shells, is said to have injured himself in what is being described as “a freak” injury. 

Miller was set to enter his 10th season in the NFL and was primed to form quite the pass-rushing duo opposite of Bradley Chubb, who missed the bulk of last season due to a torn ACL. Speaking of Chubb: reports have also come out along with Miller’s season-ending injury that he may not be ready for Week 1 as he continues to recover so Denver is looking at the prospect of being down two pass rushers. Miller, meanwhile, finished 2019 with his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl nod, making it a total of eight for his career. The Super Bowl 50 MVP also has been a perennial All-Pro talent (three-time First-team, four-time Second-team) so this loss would be a massive blow to Denver’s front seven. 

According to the latest figures from CBS Sports’ Stephen Oh, Denver’s winning percentage for the 2020 season drops 3.1% without Miller in the lineup. The biggest swing in Miller’s potential absence comes in the club’s probability to reach the playoffs. That dips from 33.4% to make the postseason with Miller to just 23.7% without him — a 9.7% difference. 

Missing the entire 2020 season would also be ill-timed for Miller, who is signed through the 2021 season. That final season of Miller’s contract in 2021, however, is in the form of a club option which gives the organization the ability to cut ties or attempt to reduce his $22.225 million cap hit if he’s still recovering from this injury. 

The Broncos are set to open up their 2020 season on Monday Night Football when they host the Tennessee Titans. 

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