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#DENvsCLE postgame injury update: Von Miller 'dodged a bullet' with ankle injury


Please see below for a timeline of the injury updates from throughout the Broncos' Week 7 game against the Browns.

6:46 p.m. MT: Inside linebacker Micah Kiser is questionable to return after suffering a groin injury. The injury could further weaken the Broncos' standing at inside linebacker after the team lost starters Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell to season-ending injuries in the first six weeks of the season.

7:14 p.m. MT: Kiser has been downgraded to out.

7:39 p.m. MT: Outside linebacker Von Miller is questionable to return after suffering an ankle injury late in the second half as he collided with teammate Dre'Mont Jones in pursuit of quarterback Case Keenum in the pocket. Members of the training staff attended to Miller on the field and walked off the field with him.

8:12 p.m. MT: Miller has been downgraded to out.

POSTGAME UPDATE: The Broncos got some good news on Miller, as it appears that his injury is not as serious as many viewers initially feared.

"It's a sprained ankle, is what I know at this point," Head Coach Vic Fangio said after the game.

Shortly after Fangio spoke with the media, Miller himself provided more detail on what happened on the play and how he felt like he "dodged a bullet."

"Right when it happened and I got hit, I felt it and I just said a quick prayer," Miller said. "I didn't want to put any pressure on it at first. Took it slow and walked to the tent. I got in the tent, they checked it out, they tested it in all directions and it was good. I asked 'em if I could run and they said, 'No, just take it easy.' I went to the locker room, we did the X-rays and everything felt good. Everything came out good, so I felt like I had a chance to go back out. I started to run and started to do some of the things I would normally do on the football field, and it was a little tender on the inside. It wasn't enough to get the approval from the trainers to let me go back out, so I had to sit out the second half. But I feel comfortable."

While the injury was to the same ankle Miller injured in 2020, he said the area of the injury was a blessing.

"It was the same ankle, but it was on the inside; it wasn't on the outside," Miller said. "I feel like I dodged a bullet. Even right now I was able to walk and the pain is starting to go away a little bit as we keep going, so I feel comfortable about the Washington game coming up."

Miller said he'll undergo an MRI in the morning but added that he's confident that the severity will remain quite low.

"I did a strength test and got up on my toes," Miller said. "I did everything that I would normally do and I was able to do it. It's not a tear or anything structural. The X-ray was good, everything was good. It was just a little pain. I'll be able to fight through the pain. And the good thing is we've got three days this weekend that I'll use to kind of recover and get ready for Washington."

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