Notes: Waiting on Miller

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The holding pattern continues for linebacker Von Miller.

Two days after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his thumb, Miller missed a second consecutive day of practice, but Broncos coach John Fox said he was getting a protective device for the repaired digit.

“It’s in the medical people’s hands, and if they deem him ready to play, he’ll play,” said Fox. “They’re working on all those things.”

While Miller sat out the practice inside the South Suburban Sports Dome, wide receiver Eddie Royal returned on a limited basis after missing Wednesday’s work with a toe injury.

Running back Willis McGahee also practiced after sitting out the day before because of an illness.

MILLER WAS NAMED NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for his performance during the Broncos’ four November games, when he compiled 4.5 sacks and 31 tackles. He became the Broncos’ first rookie of the month on either side of the line of scrimmage since linebacker D.J. Williams earned the award in December 2004.

IN MINNESOTA, running back Adrian Peterson missed a second consecutive day of practice, headlining a star-studded group of sidelined players that included defensive end Jared Allen and linebacker E.J. Henderson. Henderson was out with a shoulder injury; Allen was absent because of a personal family matter, according to Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on when the site was managed by He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began in 2010 and now contributes to, The Sporting News and The New York Times.

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