Von Miller hasn't made progress

December, 1, 2011
12/01/11
6:25
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Denver Broncos star rookie linebacker Von Miller took another step toward not playing Sunday at Minnesota as he failed to practice for the second straight day. He had surgery Tuesday to repair ligaments in his thumb.

Miller suffered the injury Sunday at San Diego, but he finished the game and made a huge play near the end of overtime to help the Broncos. Denver coach John Fox didn’t shed much light on Miller’s status for Sunday against the Vikings.

“It’s in the medical people’s hands, and if they deem him ready to play, he’ll play. They’re working on all those things,” Fox told reporters Thursday. “Again, I’ll meet with the medical people. We’ll make that determination tomorrow.”

Perhaps this is a positive: Fox said Miller is in the process of getting medical protection gear. It will likely be in the form of a hard cast or hard splint. Wednesday, ESPN medical analyst Stephania Bell said Miller will likely be limited if he does play Sunday.

Miller has been outstanding and he has been the catalyst to Denver’s defensive revival, and he's the leading candidate to win the NFL defensive rookie of the year award. He has 10.5 sacks in 11 games.

Also for Denver, running back Willis McGahee (illness) and receiver Eddie Royal (toe) were both limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the San Diego Chargers – who have lost six straight games – are getting healthier.

Linebacker Shaun Phillips (foot), receiver Malcom Floyd (hip) and guards Louis Vasquez (ankle) and Tyronne Green (hand) all practiced fully and are expected to play Monday night at Jacksonville barring setbacks.

However, tackle Brandyn Dombrowski remained out of practice with a foot injury. He is the seventh injured San Diego offensive lineman, and he was playing for Marcus McNeill at left tackle. McNeill was put on the injured reserve Wednesday. If Dombrowski can’t play, newly claimed Jared Gaither could be an option. He was claimed off waivers from Kansas City.

In Kansas City, starting offensive linemen Casey Wiegmann (finger) and Ryan Lilja (head) were limited in practice Thursday.

The Raiders’ injury issues are basically status quo.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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