December 23, 2013 / 6:34 PM / 5 years ago

Broncos linebacker Miller out with torn ACL

(Reuters) - The playoff-bound Denver Broncos will mount their Super Bowl campaign without pass-rushing linebacker Von Miller, who suffered a torn knee ligament in Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans, the NFL’s website said on Monday.

Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) recovers a fumble by the New England Patriots and returns it for a touchdown during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

An MRI test on Monday revealed the extent of the injury to Miller, who was injured in the first quarter of Denver’s 37-13 victory in Houston, reported.

Two-time Pro Bowler Miller, taken with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, missed the first six games of the season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy but came back to register five sacks and 28 quarterback hurries.

The Broncos (12-3) clinched the AFC West title on Sunday and a first-round bye in the Super Bowl tournament.

Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes

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