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Von Miller: The season is the key to the first month of 30 packs

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — He’s not saying it would be easy, but Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has done the math, and he believes that one of the league’s elite pass-rushers could hit 30 sacks in one season.

“I think it is doable,” Miller said after Wednesday’s practice.

Von Miller, who had 13.5 sacks last season, says he believes 30 sacks in a season is an achievable goal.

Von Miller, who had 13.5 sacks last season, says he believes 30 sacks in a season is an achievable goal.

That is the tallest of orders for any player, even one of Miller’s ability, especially because no player has reached more than 22.5 sacks in a season since it became an official league statistic in 1982.
Hall of Famer Michael Strahan set the record with 22.5 sacks in 2001.

Miller’s best season thus far has been 18.5 sacks in 2012, his second in the league. Last season, when Miller saw an almost constant stream of double- and triple-teams, he finished with 13.5 sacks and was held without a sack over the last four games of the regular season. He has 73.5 sacks in his career.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said this week that Khalil Mack had set his goal at 30 sacks in a season. Mack won the league Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2016 by one vote over Miller, with 11.

“That’s the number I shoot for, but I didn’t want him to tell everybody else,” Mack said Saturday. “But at the same time, DC, he knows how hard we work, what kind of work we put in, and he knows what I want. But at the same time, realistically, we just want to get the record, at least.”
Mack was one of several of the league’s best pass-rushers who attended a pass-rush summit that Miller hosted in California this offseason. Miller said he hopes to expand the program every year.

In the big picture, Miller said the first month of the season would be key in any pursuit of 30 sacks.

“You’ve got to come out, you’ve got to get 10 in that first month,” Miller said. “You’ve got to get 10 in that first month, which is doable. You get two and a half, two and a half the next game and two and a half the next game after that. Then you might miss one game, and then you get two and a half, then you’ve got 10 in five games right there. Then if you go three, two, three, it’s definitely doable.”

Miller said any pass-rusher who piled up some sacks early in the season would then have to deal with the added attention as the weeks went by.

Last season Miller had five sacks in the Broncos’ first three games of the season, including a three-sack effort in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.

He went as far as to say such a record pursuit could come down to how a player did, or did not, make the most of limited opportunities.

“Teams are going to chip you, that’s definite, that’s just the gospel right there,” Miller said. “But you’ve got to take advantage of those opportunities. If you get five open rushes, you’ve got to win all five of those rushes. Out of five you might get two or three sacks out of those, that’s the math that I have,” Miller said. “Out of all the rushes in the game, all of the plays in the game, out of those five plays, you’ve got to get home on those plays. It’s definitely doable.”

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo surgery on Thursday to ascertain the extent of damage to the meniscus in his right knee, coach Gary Kubiak said.

He is out indefinitely.

Whether Anderson has a full or partial tear in the meniscus will be determined during the arthroscopic procedure, and a repair could be made. A full tear would almost surely end his season, and a partial tear could mean a four- or five-week absence.

If the Broncos elect to put Anderson on injured reserve and want to bring him back this season, he has to be out for a minimum of six weeks before he can return to practice and has to be out for a minimum of eight weeks before he can play in a game.

“So that we can further evaluate what’s going on and go from there,” Kubiak said of the surgery. “Hopefully [Thursday night] we have some idea of what’s happening and see where we’re at when we wake up [Friday] … Lot of people involved.”

Anderson posted a tweet Thursday afternoon to thank the team and fans for their support and noted that his status for the season will not be known until after his surgery.

Anderson suffered the injury during an 11-yard run on the last play of the first quarter of the Broncos’ 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans Monday night. As he closed in on Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye, Anderson tried to make a cut just before contact, planted his right foot and his knee buckled slightly as he then was tackled.

Anderson sat on the field for several moments after the play, talking to the Broncos’ trainers, and at one point grabbed his lower right leg. Anderson returned to the game in the second quarter, with a 3-yard run eight plays later.

He finished the game with 107 yards on 16 carries, his first career 100-yard rushing game before Halloween.

“He played in the game, he played through it,” Kubiak said. “There’s obviously something they need to go repair, so let’s just see to what degree that is.”

Kubiak said he spoke to Anderson by phone Thursday morning before the team meeting.

“He’s in good spirits, he’s out there with his family,” Kubiak said. “I think he understands what we have to go do and just keep our fingers crossed on the other end.”

Rookie Devontae Booker, who had 83 yards rushing against the Texans on Monday night, will start Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers at running back. Kapri Bibbs will be the No. 2 running back, and the Broncos have running back Juwan Thompson, who has been on the roster the previous two seasons, on the practice squad.

The Broncos matched an $18 million offer sheet to Anderson from the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Anderson has 437 yards rushing this season to go with four rushing touchdowns.

“[Booker] is a stud,” Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian said. “And he’s been running really well for us the last couple weeks, so hopefully we get C.J. back again, because you like to have two.”

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will start Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers after missing last week with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury, a team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Siemian had been expected to start this week after he was held out of Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

“I think I’m expecting to play,” he said Tuesday.

Siemian suffered a bruised AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder just before halftime of the Broncos’ Week 4 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was held out of practice one day last week and then threw on a limited basis Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the Broncos made the decision to rule him out.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning(Peyton Manning Jersey) will be the Denver Broncos’ quarterback in the playoffs, coach Gary Kubiak told the team Thursday morning.

Manning, who missed six consecutive starts because of a tear in his plantar fascia near his left heel, was used for 29 plays in relief of Brock Osweiler in Sunday’s regular-season finale and led the Broncos on four scoring drives in the 27-20 victory.

“I’m just looking forward to being able to contribute,” Manning said Thursday. “No issues coming out of the game Sunday.”

Kubiak said Monday he had “no timeline” to name a starter for the Broncos’ Jan. 17 playoff opener, but many of the players had hoped to hear a decision Thursday, when they returned to work after three days off.

Kubiak told the two quarterbacks of his decision, then told the team in a morning meeting.

“Looking forward to Peyton leading our football team, feel very good about that,” Kubiak said. “Best for our football team, but I also know Brock will be ready to play.”

Osweiler was 4-2 as a starter and a key contributor to the Broncos’ earning home-field advantage in the AFC in Manning’s absence.

“It’s a bit of a disappointment,” Osweiler said Thursday. “It’s hard to hear you’re not going to be the one playing. … However, I’m a big team player.

“You’re going to see the same exact guy out of me that you’ve seen, you know, the whole season. Bottom line: I just care about this football team winning games. And if Coach thinks Peyton gives the team the best chance, then I fully support that.”

Kubiak has said repeatedly that he has conveyed to both quarterbacks that the Broncos “will need everybody” in the postseason.

Earlier this week, Kubiak said “there’s always going to be tough decisions to make” but that he was “going to always go with what’s best for the football team.”

“I feel really good about this,” Kubiak said Thursday. “I feel good about how far Peyton has come, where he’s at physically, mentally, everything. I could see it happening the last two weeks. I’m excited for him to get going.”

Manning was 5-of-9 passing for 69 yards and led the team on four scoring drives — two touchdowns, two field goals — against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The Broncos rushed for a season-best 210 yards in the game.

“I wouldn’t have told Coach Kubiak I was ready to dress out last Sunday had I not felt good,” Manning said Thursday. “I felt like I put it through a lot of tests during my rehab and tried to really test it, so I felt good going into the game Sunday, had no issues coming out [of the game].”

The game was Manning’s first action since being removed from the team’s Nov. 15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and it was the first time since 1994, when he was a freshman at the University of Tennessee, that he was in uniform as a backup quarterback in a game.

“I knew he still had it,” wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said after Sunday’s game. “It was a matter of giving him an opportunity to get healthy.”

“I’ve just never been through anything like that before,” Manning said. “I’ve played every single game that I’ve been in football except for four years ago [when he missed the 2011 season while recovering from a neck injury]. I don’t really know what can prepare you for something like this. It felt like I hadn’t played in a little bit.”

The Broncos practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday before resuming their usual game-week schedule next week.

Denver plays in the AFC divisional playoffs on Jan. 17 against the lowest remaining seed from Saturday’s wild-card games — either the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chiefs or Houston Texans.