ENGLEWOOD—In the race to the quarterback, collisions can happen, even if it’s between teammates.
Von Miller knew it was his knee that broke the right arm of teammate DeMarcus Ware as both were trying to fend off blockers and sack Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday.
“Oh yeah, I saw it,’’ Miller said. “I knew it, too, because I had a little bruise on my knee.’’
Although pass rushing appears to be an act of uncontrolled fury between four or five separate attackers, paths to the quarterback are coordinated.
“Usually, I’m avoiding him, I’m spinning and I’m going wide, he’ll come tight,’’ Miller said. “But on that play he swung around and I really had no escape. I couldn’t go left or right. I had (Colts guard Denzelle) Good on me on the inside and (Ware) swung around me on the right so I had to just close my eyes and just … how do I get out of there?’’
And so now Miller has lost his football Splash Brother for at least the next four games, maybe five or six. Ware was scheduled to have surgery to repair his fractured right ulna today. Shane Ray, who had been playing on first and second down at right outside linebacker before giving way to Ware on third down, will now get a chance to play full-time. Shaq Barrett and Dekoda Watson should also get more reps. If the Broncos want more, they could consider outside linebacker Vontarrius Dora from their practice squad.
“There’s a lot of Splash Brothers,’’ Miller said. “You’ve got Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry. So now instead of me and Klay Thompson, it’s me and Draymond, me and K.D. There’s a lot of guys who can rush. And the funny thing about it I was just talking to the young guys last week, saying injuries are going to happen. I’m going to get hurt, DeMarcus is going to get hurt, one of you all are going to get hurt. And somebody will have to pick it up.’’
Ray had four sacks as a first-round rookie last year. He has a scoop-n-score fumble recovery this year, but no sacks.
“When I think about this game I say, ‘Wow, I could have had two sacks and a touchdown,’’ Ray said. “That’s how I think of it. I’m happy with the touchdown but I feel I left two sacks on the field. Now I feel I’ll have more chances on third down to rush the passer. Because on first and second down you’re playing run or pass, you have to decipher it. On third down you know its pass.’’
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