KUSA- A healthy Von Miller is a frightening thought to opposing quarterbacks. The only problem is that the Broncos linebacker has much more than just returning on his mind.
Miller is on schedule in his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament tear that he suffered in Week 16 last season. He plans to not only showcase his destructive defensive motives and dynamic pass rushing ability next year but do it better than he had in the past.
"I'm a 100 percent positive I'll be able to come back and not only be the same Von, (but) I got to be better," Miller asserted in an interview with ESPN over the weekend. He noted that with the advancement of medicine and the more experienced rehab regiments give him ultra-confidence that he'll be able to return to form.
"You come back and be the same guy it's like you go 'it's the same Von again' and I got to be better," the linebacker continued.
Miller recorded just 5.0 sacks and 34 tackles over the course of the tumultuous season. He missed the first six games due to a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy before returning and then being injured. The linebacker said he reevaluated his priorities and was resolute on returning with the game as his sole focus.
"I'm feeling good, I had a schedule that's all I can ask for,'' Miller said just three months removed from surgery to repair the torn ligament. "I'm not going to rush it, I've got good training guys with the Broncos, and they're going to have me back in time ready to go."
Denver will begin their offseason workouts on April 21 – without Miller.
When the linebacker does return he'll do so opposite his mentor and newly signed free agent DeMarcus Ware. Miller called the Broncos after he saw the formers Cowboys defensive end's release in an effort to persuade Denver to go after him.
Miller is confident that the injury will not hinder his natural ability – in fact, he's motivated to do the exact opposite.