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Friday's NFL: Broncos star Von Miller 'out for a while' after ankle surgery

Associated Press

Englewood, Colo. — Broncos star linebacker Von Miller underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a dislodged ankle tendon.

“I was told it went well, and we’ll see how it goes,” coach Vic Fangio said. “They haven’t said anything on a timetable based on his surgery, that will depend on the healing.”

Dr. Joshua Metzl, one of the team’s physicians, performed the operation at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in suburban Denver.

Von Miller

Miller also consulted renowned foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson after getting injured on a routine pass rush at the Broncos’ indoor practice Tuesday.

Although the typical recovery time for a subluxed peroneal tendon is four to six months, the best-case scenario would be a three-month recovery.

Fangio said earlier this week that Miller will be “out for a while” and will go on injured reserve at some point but he has declined to characterize Miller’s injury as a season-ending setback.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the NFL’s offseason, teams can bring an unlimited number of players off injured reserve this year once they are medically cleared to return.

Fangio said Miller’s injury, which occurred on the final play of practice, “was just a normal play, he rushed around the edge, he never hit the ground, never looked bad. If you saw the video, you’d think nothing happened, but it did.”

The Broncos, who open Monday night against the Titans, dodged a second serious setback with word that top wide receiver Courtland Sutton’s shoulder injury wasn’t serious.

Sutton sprained his right A.C. joint when he landed awkwardly after catching a high pass at practice Thursday.

“He won’t practice (Friday), but we think he will be limited (Saturday),” Fangio said. “He will be day to day.”

Fangio refused to say he felt snake-bit by injuries to his best offensive and defensive players this week.

“No, it’s part of everybody’s season eventually,” Fangio said. “Ours just happened, we endured two this week. We’ll be fine.″

Added defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, “All setbacks are temporary. He’s had his surgery and he’s already on his way to recovery.”

Sutton is being counted upon to lead a young offense that features second-year pros Drew Lock, Dalton Risner and Noah Fant and rookies Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Lloyd Cushenberry III and Albert Okwuegbunam.

Last year, Sutton caught 72 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns while working with three different quarterbacks. He had 42 receptions for 704 yards and four TDs his rookie season.

Honoring Floyd family

The family of George Floyd will attend the Vikings’ season opener against Green Bay.

The stadium is about 3 miles from where the 46-year-old handcuffed Black man died in police custody as a white officer pressed his knee against his neck for nearly eight minutes.

The Vikings announced their plans to raise awareness of issues of racism and injustice at U.S. Bank Stadium before Sunday’s game, which will be played without fans because of the pandemic.

Floyd’s family members will be inside the building and recognized after the performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black national anthem that the NFL decided to play along with the traditional “The Star-Spangled Banner” before every game this season.

Extra points

ESPN's "Monday Night Football" show will feature a new version of Little Richard’s hit “Rip It Up” featuring new instrumentals and backup vocals from the Virginia-based band Butcher Brown.

The song replaces Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” which was repurposed with new lyrics like, “All my rowdy friends are here for Monday night.” Williams’ song was used on the show for two periods, 1989-2011 and then 2017-2019.

... An estimated 19.3 million fans turned on NBC to watch the NFL’s season kickoff between the Chiefs and Texans, or 13% fewer viewers than 2019’s opening game.

The Nielsen company said last year’s matchup between the Packers and Bears was seen by 22.2 million people.

... An NFL and players union-run fund that helps ailing retired players shut down its application process for nearly six months because of the coronavirus, irritating retirees who complained the league devoted resources toward safely starting the 2020 season on time but not to their medical needs.

... Packers offensive lineman Billy Turner didn’t practice Friday due to a knee injury and is considered doubtful for the season opener at Minnesota.

... The Chargers offensive line could be down three starters for Sunday’s opener against the Bengals. Center Mike Pouncey is out after not practicing all week due to a lingering hip injury, while right guard Trai Turner and right tackle Bryan Bulaga are listed as questionable.

... The Bills have ruled out cornerback Josh Norman from their season opener against the Jets.

... The Cardinals have placed receiver KeeSean Johnson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list before their season opener against the 49ers.

... The Falcons will be without cornerback Kendall Sheffield (foot) and defensive end Charles Harris (ankle) for their season opener against the Seahawks.