Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Von Miller (40) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams activate LB Von Miller from COVID list

The Los Angeles Rams activated pass rusher Von Miller from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Tuesday night’s visit from the Seattle Seahawks.

Fellow linebacker Christian Rozeboom was also activated from the list. The Rams also activated running back Jake Funk and linebacker Travin Howard from injured reserve and called up defensive backs Grant Haley and Damarious Randall from the practice squad.

Miller, 32, has 13 tackles and no sacks in four starts with the Rams since being acquired in a Nov. 2 trade with the Denver Broncos. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection had 4.5 sacks in seven starts with Denver before the deal.

The Rams activated star cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the COVID list on Sunday.

Sixteen players remain on the list for L.A. as the Rams (9-4) host the Seahawks (5-8) in a game that was originally scheduled for Sunday, including right tackle Rob Havenstein, tight end Tyler Higbee and safety Jordan Fuller.

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Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Von Miller (40) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams put Von Miller, eight others on COVID list

The Los Angeles Rams placed veteran linebacker Von Miller and eight other players on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, increasing their total to 21 active players and four practice squad players in the health protocols.

Added to the list besides Miller were offensive linemen Tremayne Anchrum Jr. and Bobby Evans, defensive backs Antoine Brooks Jr., Jake Gervase and Kareem Orr and linebackers Ogo Okoronkwo, Troy Reeder and Christian Rozeboom.

Miller, an 11-year veteran, is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time All-Pro.

The Rams (9-4), who are in second place in the NFC West, are one of seven NFL teams in the enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocols. Los Angeles’ next game is Sunday at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Aug 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) shakes hands with Los Angeles Rams tight end Kendall Blanton (86) before the coin toss at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Rams land pass rusher Von Miller in trade with Broncos

Von Miller was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster deal agreed to on the eve of the NFL trade deadline, according to multiple reports.

Miller, inactive for Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team, can become a free agent at the end of the 2021 season after eight years with the Broncos.

ESPN reported the Rams part with second- and third-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft but will pay only $700,000 of Miller’s remaining $9.7 million salary. The Broncos will pay the balance, per the report.

Miller missed the entire 2020 season with an ankle injury and has been sidelined by an ankle injury for almost two weeks. His physical exam, required before trades are approved, could be critical to the deal becoming official before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Miller, 32, has 4.5 sacks in seven games this season and 110.5 sacks in his career. The prospect of blocking Miller and All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who has 5.0 sacks this season and 90.5 in his career, would be daunting for most teams.

Four of Miller’s sacks this season were recorded in September and he has gone three consecutive games without one.

Rams general manager Les Snead has a reputation for punting draft capital and chasing big names via trade. Among the many deals Snead has triggered, he parted with first-round draft picks for current quarterback Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Jacksonville Jaguars).

Snead also acquired running back Sony Michel from the New England Patriots prior to the start of the regular season after starter Cam Akers was injured before training camp.

In previous years, he used draft picks to land wide receiver Brandin Cooks, cornerback Marcus Peters and cornerback Aqib Talib.

Miller did not practice last week. He last played Oct. 21 at Cleveland.

The Rams are 7-1 and tied with the Arizona Cardinals for first place in the NFC West entering Week 9, when Los Angeles welcomes the Tennessee Titans.

Denver picked up a $7 million team option on Miller’s contract in March 2021 that triggered the final year of a six-year, $114 million deal signed in 2016, when the Broncos used the franchise tag to retain him.

Miller was the No. 2 overall pick out of Texas A&M in 2011.

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Sep 26, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Kenny Young (41) reacts after a sack of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the third quarter of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos acquire LB Kenny Young from Rams

The Denver Broncos addressed their linebacker shortage Monday by acquiring Kenny Young from the Los Angeles Rams.

The Broncos also will receive a seventh-round pick from the 2024 NFL Draft in the deal. The Rams will receive a sixth-round selection in that same draft.

Eight-time Pro Bowl selection Von Miller became the latest Denver linebacker to sustain an injury. Miller injured his ankle during Thursday’s 17-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns, becoming the eighth injured linebacker for the Broncos — with six of them on injured reserve.

Young, 26, has recorded 46 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in seven games (all starts) this season. The UCLA product is in the final season of his original four-year deal after he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 and becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

Young has 166 tackles, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 53 career games (19 starts) with the Rams and the Baltimore Ravens (2018-19). Los Angeles is expected to find more playing time for rookie linebacker Ernest Jones, a third-round draft pick out of South Carolina.

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Oct 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos LB Von Miller leaves game with ankle injury

Denver linebacker Von Miller exited the Broncos’ Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns due to a left ankle injury.

Miller was hurt when he collided with teammate Dre’Mont Jones while pass-rushing late in the second quarter. He was attended to on the field and then walked gingerly to the sideline.

The Broncos initially termed him questionable to return before ruling him out late in the third quarter.

Miller, 32, had two tackles before leaving. He has 19 stops and a team-best 4.5 sacks this season.

Miller, an eight-time Pro Bowler, holds the franchise record of 110.5 sacks. He also was MVP of Super Bowl 50 when the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers.

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Aug 25, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Von Miller among Broncos at team workout

Around the NFL, some players have steered clear of voluntary workouts this offseason.

Not Von Miller.

Miller and “several” other players worked out at the Denver Broncos team facility Monday, according to a report from 9news.com.

Miller, 32, who will be entering his 11th year with the Broncos, has a $500,000 workout bonus in his contract, giving him incentive to participate in the offseason program.

The 8-time Pro Bowler did not play in the 2020 season due to an ankle injury, and he is coming off a 2019 season in which he notched just eight sacks in 15 games, the second lowest total of his career (five sacks in nine games in 2013).

Miller has at least 10 sacks in seven of his nine healthy seasons with Denver.

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Aug 25, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Broncos pick up DE Von Miller’s $18M option for 2021

The Denver Broncos exercised a $7 million guarantee on defensive end Von Miller’s $18 million salary, ensuring the edge rusher will remain with the team for the 2021 season, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Tuesday was the deadline for the Broncos to exercise the option. The two sides could not reach an agreement to restructure and reduce Miller’s salary cap hit for this season, per the reports. Miller will count $22.125 million against the cap in 2021, the final year of a six-year, $114 million deal Miller signed in July 2016.

Miller missed all of the 2020 season with a dislocated peroneal tendon in his ankle, an injury that required surgery in September. Miller is fully recovered.

Miller has made the Pro Bowl every year with the Broncos save one (2013) and is a three-time First-Team All-Pro. He has 106 career sacks in 135 games (all starts) with the Broncos, who drafted him No. 2 overall in the 2011 draft.

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Aug 25, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Von Miller subject of police investigation

Parker, Colo., police are conducting an investigation into whether Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller committed a crime.

A spokesman for the police department, Josh Hans, emailed the Denver Post: “The case is currently under investigation, and no information can be released at this time.”

ESPN reported that a decision on possible charges is unlikely to occur in less than a few weeks.

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to the Post that it has yet to be receive a case for review.

The Broncos issued a statement that read, “We are aware of an investigation involving Von Miller and are in the process of gathering more information.”

The investigation is focused on text messages that Miller sent to his former girlfriend, Megan Denise, that she shared on social media, according to the Washington Post.

Denise stated online that she and Miller are expecting a child. An Instagram story post from Denise earlier this month included an ultrasound photo along with texts that she maintained were from Miller. Among the texts were:

–“I’m honestly praying for a miscarriage”

–“I hate you! … You gon get yours! Believe that”

–“And get an abortion!”

Denver7 TV also reported that Miller is being investigated regarding allegations of domestic abuse.

Denise posted Friday in another Instagram story, “at no point in our relationship was there any type of physical abuse or violence by Von, whatsoever. For anyone to say otherwise, or to speculate such, is wrong.”

Miller, 31, is a three-time All-Pro who has been selected to eight Pro Bowls. He missed all of the 2020 season because of an ankle injury that led to surgery.

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Aug 25, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Miller: ‘Should be ready to go’ in 3-4 weeks

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller said he “should be ready” for a return to action in a month or less.

Miller made the comments Monday night ahead of an Instagram live event he held with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Miller has not played this season after severely injuring his ankle in practice ahead of the Broncos’ Week 1 game.

Miller was asked how he was progressing.

“My ankle is feeling good. I’m straight. Hopefully a couple of weeks. Thinking about like three weeks to a month, I should be ready to go,” Miller said.

It was thought that Miller would be lost for the season after having surgery to repair a dislocated tendon in September.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection and former Super Bowl MVP has a franchise-record 106 sacks for the Broncos in nine seasons since he was the No. 2 overall choice of the 2011 NFL Draft. Miller also has 490 tackles, 26 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

The Broncos (3-4) have won three of their past four games and look to even their record this Sunday when they travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons (2-6).

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Dec 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo (56) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos sign veteran Chickillo to address LB shortage

The Denver Broncos are signing veteran linebacker Anthony Chickillo off the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Thursday.

The Broncos are thin at outside linebacker after losing All-Pro Von Miller, who could miss the entire season after being placed on injured reserve Tuesday following ankle surgery.

Chickillo, 27, spent the past five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, registering 97 tackles, 7.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in 65 games (nine starts).

The 2015 sixth-round pick had 19 tackles and one quarterback hit in 11 games last season.

The Broncos (0-1) recorded one sack in their season-opening 16-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. Denver plays at Pittsburgh (1-0) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media