AFC West: Von Miler

Willis McGahee is questionable

December, 9, 2011
The Denver Broncos listed running back Willis McGahee as questionable to play Sunday against Chicago. He was limited in practice Friday after not practicing earlier in the week. He has said all week that he will play.

Denver rookie linebacker Von Miller is listed as probable with a thumb injury that kept him out against Minnesota last week. He practiced fully on Friday for the first time since suffering the injury against San Diego 12 days ago. Receiver Eddie Royal hasn’t practiced all week with a concussion and he is questionable. I doubt he plays. Tackle Ryan Clady practiced fully on Friday for the first time this week and he is listed as probable with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Tribune is reporting that receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore were running and doing drills Friday. Both have been out with injuries. Yes, it is a good sign that they are running, but I’d be surprised if the team will be comfortable enough with them playing Sunday at Green Bay. However, they appear on target to play next week against Detroit. As expected, running back Darren McFadden did not practice Friday and he is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game due to a foot injury.

In other AFC West nuggets:

It will forever be Tebow Time for one Broncos fan. And he tells’s Page 2 the reason why. It’s worth reading for a chuckle. Page 2 also came up with this Tebow ditty. Meanwhile, Charles Barkley, yes, Charles Barkley is begging the Bears to beat the Broncos and end the Tebow madness. Hey, Chuck, even if the Bears do win, I have a feeling that won’t stop TebowMania.
Von Miller doesn’t plan on being a holdout.

Miller met with Denver media Tuesday and in comments released by the team, Miller made it clear he wants to be with the team when it reports to camp Wednesday. The Broncos will hold their first camp practice Thursday.

“I plan on being signed,” Miller said. “Me and my agent, we hadn’t really discussed (holding out). I plan on starting the first day, right on time.”

Miler, a pass-rushing linebacker from Texas A&M, was the No. 2 overall pick in April. As part of the new rookie pay scale that is part of the new CBA, Miller will not get as much as recent No.2 picks, but he is still expected to be paid very well. He’ll likely get in the $20 million range for four years. Miller seems at peace with the new format. He presented the rookie class. He was the only rookie who were the 10 name plaintiffs in the original lawsuit against the NFL that was filed in March.

“You really can’t be possessive over something that you didn’t have,” Miller said. “ You hear about what [Detroit DT Ndamukong] Suh made last year and all that stuff, but I’ve been playing football all my life for free, so whatever it is, whatever my contract may be, I’m good with whatever.”

Known for his work ethic and for his zeal, Miller made it clear he fully expects to cash in later in his career.

“I plan on getting three, four, five contracts,” Miller said. “I don’t plan on just getting this one, so whatever the future contracts may be, I’m happy with those, too. I just want to play football. I’m not really worried about all that other stuff.”

Shortly after Denver selected him, Miller decided to honor his favorite player, former Chiefs’ star linebacker Derrick Thomas. Miller will wear the late Thomas’ No. 58 in Denver. Ironically, one of the reasons that attracted Denver to Miller was the comparisons to Thomas. No player sacked new Denver leader John Elway when he was a player in Denver than Thomas.

“I just felt like that was the number to go with,” Miller said Tuesday. “I’m a big fan of Derrick Thomas, and hopefully I can get some inspiration from that. He’s my favorite player, and I’m number 58.”

And it appears Denver’s new No. 58 doesn’t want to miss a minute of training camp.