The Denver Broncos lost a number of key players on defense to major injuries last season, and the two most severe injuries were the torn ACLs suffered by stud cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and outside linebacker Von Miller, who is one of the biggest playmakers on defense in the NFL. According to the Denver Post’s Mike Klis, Miller and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson have passed their physicals and were cleared for limited work to start training camp, while Harris was, as expected, placed on the active/PUP list. He can be activated at any time during camp, so it will be interesting to see when the Broncos ease him back into things. His rehab is going as planned, but he did suffer his injury later than the other two players.
Vickerson hit the injured reserve in late November with a dislocated hip, as the Broncos decided that they needed the roster spot and weren’t going to wait a while for him to heal up. They definitely made the right decision, as Vickerson’s hip was slow to heal. He ended up missing OTAs before being a question mark for training camp, so it’s good to see the veteran back. He doesn’t offer much as an interior pass rusher, but he’s a good run-stuffer and should once again play a key role in plugging up holes up front.
Miller looks set to explode this season, as he’s been working incredibly hard to get back into form after tearing his ACL late last season. He was a major beast in his first two seasons with a combined 30 sacks, and he should hit around 15 next year with more great run defense and quality work in coverage when called upon. The numbers weren’t there for him last year, but he still had five sacks in nine appearances and continued to do an amazing job of consistently pressuring opposing QBs.
While both Vickerson and Miller have been cleared, both players will be very limited to begin training camp.