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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Broncos now plan for Von Miller's absence

By Jeff Legwold

With Von Miller officially facing a six-game suspension to open the regular season, the Broncos began to adjust to what on-field life will be like without their sack leader.

Miller’s suspension doesn’t begin until Aug. 31 so he will practice with the team until then, participate in meetings and conditioning workouts as well as play in the Broncos' final two preseason games. Broncos coach John Fox said following Wednesday’s practice Miller would play at least some against the Rams Saturday as well in the preseason finale against Arizona next Thursday.

The Broncos want Miller to continue to be engaged with the team as well as continue to work in the defensive scheme until his suspension begins.

"He’s got to play when he comes back,’’ Fox said.

But the Broncos tweaked some things in Wednesday’s practice to deal with Miller’s absence. Nate Irving continues to be the most likely option at Miller’s strongside linebacker spot in the base defense and took a selection of plays there Wednesday. Wesley Woodyard has officially moved into the middle linebacker spot and second-year linebacker Danny Trevathan will be on the weak side. Woodyard and Trevathan usually stay in as the two linebackers in the nickel.

“Our jobs are to go out this week and show that it’s not going to harm us,’’ Trevathan said. “... You’re always going to miss a player like Von, but we all have to do a little more so when he comes back we’re in a good situation.’’