ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – It didn’t take long for Von Miller to flash a glimpse of his potential in his first full practice Friday. It took even less time for word of a slight injury to temporarily snatch the breath from the Broncos’ fan base.
But the news that his injury was only a bruised right quadriceps muscle — and his subsequent tweet that he would return “ASAP” — was ample cause for relief.
Moments earlier, Miller electrified the audience with a lunging interception of a short Kyle Orton pass intended for Eddie Royal during a seven-on-seven drill. During that open-field pass defense work, the speedy Miller covered territory with ease, looking as comfortable dropping into coverage as in the pass rush.
But as the Broncos moved into a team period, Miller retreated to team trainer Steve Antonopulos for several minutes of treatment on his right thigh. Miller rose and jogged lightly, then stopped and eventually returned to the locker room.
“It was just a bruise; it’s not a pull or anything like that,” Broncos coach John Fox said. We’ll evaluate, and when he’s ready, put him back out there.
Miller was replaced by sixth-round pick Mike Mohamed, who also lined up with the first team Thursday morning while Miller’s contract remained unsigned. Mohamed’s work caught the attention of third-year defensive end Robert Ayers.
“He seemed real intelligent on the field; he was making checks,” Ayers said. “Of course, he made some errors, but he seemed real positive and he’s athletic, so he’s another guy that’s going to help a lot for us.”
FELLOW ROOKIE QUINTON CARTER also left Friday’s practice early after suffering what Fox called “heat stress.” Carter had been working alongside second-round pick Rahim Moore as first-team safety prior to leaving.