ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Before Sunday’s game, Von Miller figured he might have to play the rest of this season’s games with a bulbous club cast on his right hand to protect his surgically repaired thumb and keep his healthy fingers from getting caught in opponents’ face masks.
Now, he’s not so sure.
Miller practiced with a less obtrusive cast Wednesday — which was covered with kids’ signatures from an event he attended this week — and said he “might not” wear the club when the Broncos face the Patriots Sunday.
“I’m going to switch it up every day and see how it works out,” Miller said after practicing fully for the first time since the injury. His work last week was on a limited basis.
“Honestly, I’m trying to find the best way,” he added. “My thumb felt a lot better today, so I felt like maybe I could have it standing on its own (as the only unexposed digit on the right hand). I went to practice and it felt great.”
Miller sat out the Dec. 4 game at Minnesota because of concerns about infection of the surgical incision, which was made when he had the procedure to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb on Nov. 29.
His concern upon his return to action Dec. 11 against Chicago were the stitches that remained as the incision healed.
“One of the main problems before was that I had stitches in there, and the cast would rub over the stitches,” Miller said. “But after the game, I got my stitches taken out and it feels a lot smoother and a lot better.”
In spite of wearing the club cast, Miller notched a sack of Chicago quarterback Caleb Hanie on Sunday. That increased his streak of games with at least half a sack to five.
“I definitely could have played better if I had two (hands), but that’s part of football,” Miller said Sunday evening.
PRACTICE NOTES: Three players did not take part in Wednesday’s work: safeties Brian Dawkins (neck strain) and David Bruton (Achilles tendon) and cornerback Andre’ Goodman (concussion). All three stood on the practice field, but did not have their helmets …
… Wide receiver Eddie Royal returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the Bears game and all of the practices leading up to it with a concussion suffered on a collision with fellow receiver Matt Willis in the fourth quarter of the win over the Vikings on Dec. 4 …
… Fullback Spencer Larsen was listed on the injury report with a hamstring injury, but he practiced on a full basis.