Miller: Cast ‘Is Not Going to Change the Way I Play’

Von Miller

MILLER: ... listed as questionable.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – It was easy for Von Miller to not think about his injured right thumb immediately after he hurt it Sunday in San Diego.

“The adrenaline was pumping,” Miller said. “The game was so close that I didn’t even let it factor into (whether) I was going to play or not.”

But in the relative tranquility of Friday’s practice, it was difficult for Miller to not be conscious of the cast that stretched from his thumb to the middle of his forearm.

“You’ve just got to block it out,” Miller said. “I went out there (and) stuck my hand in there on a couple of plays today. It didn’t feel too bad. I felt pretty confident about everything.”

Miller practiced on a limited basis and is listed as questionable after his work Friday, which was his first since undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in the thumb Tuesday.

“He’ll be fine,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “It will be something that he’ll deal with moving forward not just this week but weeks to come.”

Miller believes his style of play will remain unaffected.

“It’s not going to change the way I play the game,” he said. “I’m still going to have frenetic effort to the ball; I’m still going to have frenetic, relentless pursuit to the ball, and I don’t think that will change.”

“I put my body on guys. I don’t like to drag them down,” Miller added. “It’s different (wearing the cast), but it’s not a huge difference.”

Miller said he injured the thumb in the final play of regulation in San Diego, when Elvis Dumervil notched his second sack.

“I was bulling a guy back with my left hand and I switched back to my right and it just got torqued a little bit,” Miller said. “I got up and put my hands on my hips and it was like, ‘Um, something feels kind of funny.’”

Miller played the next two snaps, then had a few minutes to rest after the Broncos won the overtime coin toss, giving them possession to start the extra period.

“I went to overtime and just blocked it out,” Miller said. “I didn’t think about it. I just wanted to play, finish the game and make plays for my teammates.”

That’s the same reason why he wants to play Sunday.

“I definitely want to be there for my teammates,” he said. “I play this game for the camaraderie and and all the guys in this locker room. It would def be disappointing if I can’t be with the guys.”

ALSO QUESTIONABLE is wide receiver Eddie Royal, who was limited for Friday’s practice with a toe injury. Royal will be a game-time decision, Fox said …

… Every other Bronco on the injury report is probable: running back Willis McGahee (illness), safety David Bruton (Achilles tendon), tight end Daniel Fells (hand) and left tackle Ryan Clady (knee). All practiced fully the last two days …

IN MINNESOTA running back Adrian Peterson was ruled out for the game with an ankle injury. The Broncos will likely see a heavier-than-usual dosage of Toby Gerhart; Gerhart, a second-year running back, had 19 touches on 17 rushes and two receptions last week, gaining 63 yards from scrimmage …

… Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who also factors into the Vikings’ running game, did not practice Friday because of illness and is listed as questionable …

… Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, cornerback Asher Allen and tight end Kyle Rudolph are questionable after being limited during Friday’s work.

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About Andrew Mason

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

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