MILLER TALKS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
On the heels of his 10-tackle, 3.5 tackle-for-loss, 1.5-sack performance in a win against the New York Jets, Von Miller was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
In the locker room Wednesday, Miller addressed the award.
“I think it means a lot more to my teammates than it does to me,” he said. “It’s a sign of the type of the defense we’ve been playing. We’ve been playing great defense — great coverage, great rush, the D-line is getting great push, and I just feel like they had to give it to somebody, and they just gave it to me. Anybody on our defense could have gotten it.”
Miller is currently leading all NFL rookies in sacks, and is fifth overall in the league in that category. But the No. 2 overall pick isn’t concerning himself with stats.
“When I go out there, I don’t worry about any of that stuff,” Miller said. “I worry about getting a win, and that’s what motivates me and pushes me — to get the win. I feel like if you don’t get the win, all that other stuff is really irrelevant. What I’m worried about is hopefully turning these last six games into wins, and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”
ORTON JOINS CHIEFS
On Tuesday, the Broncos waived quarterback Kyle Orton. After practice Wednesday, the Broncos learned that Orton was claimed by the AFC West-rival Kansas City Chiefs.
“Good for him,” Tim Tebow said upon hearing the news. “Congratulations to him. That will be fun to play him the last game of the year.”
Fox met the media before Orton’s new team was announced, and was asked about the possibility of the quarterback joining a club the Broncos face later in the season.
“That’s a risk you take with any move you make,” Head Coach John Fox said. “You have to make tough calls, and at the end of the day, we feel it’s the best for the Broncos, and we hope it turns out the best for him.”
As it turns out, the Broncos will face Orton’s Chiefs in the final game of the regular season on Jan. 1.
Kansas City heads to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Week 17, and Tebow admitted Orton’s knowledge of the Denver offense could help the Chiefs.
“Obviously he knows it pretty well, so he can probably give away a few things,” he said. “But I think we’ll be OK.”
“I just wish him the best of luck.”
McGAHEE VOTED CAPTAIN
With Orton no longer on the team, the Broncos had an available offensive captain spot.
Per a team vote, Willis McGahee will take over that role.
“He’s a veteran,” Daniel Fells said. “He’s got that veteran leadership. He knows about the game and he leads us out there. You can’t argue with that.”
TICKETS AVAILABLE IN SAN DIEGO
Broncos fans looking to head to this Sunday’s game in San Diego are in luck.
Approximately 3,400 tickets are available, and several hundred club seats are available as well.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.CHARGERS.com, calling 1-800-745-3000 or for those in San Diego, by visiting the Chargers Ticket Office located at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium.
LIMITED: David Bruton (achilles), Daniel Fells (concussion), Cassius Vaughn (hamstring)
FULL: Brian Dawkins (ankle), Willis McGahee (hand), Julius Thomas (ankle)
Below are photos from Wednesday’s practice.