After confirmation that Von Miller did indeed suffer an ACL tear while rushing the passer in the first quarter against the Houston Texans in Week 16 of the NFL regular season, the Denver Broncos have signed linebacker Brandon Marshall to the active roster.
Marshall, a second-year player from the University of Nevada, was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He appeared in five games for the Jaguars as a rookie.
In his weekly podcast, John Elway, executive vice president of football operations for the Broncos, said he believes his team has the players to fill the void.
“We’ve had several guys step up,” Elway said. “Shaun Phillips has really had a tremendous year for us and really has done a great job of stepping up when Von wasn’t there. And Robert Ayers, we’re going to have to ask more of him. Jeremy Mincey, who we picked up last week, came in and played a lot for us yesterday. We’ll ask more of him and also some of the things we do defensively to try to create some pressure.”
Marshall has spent the first 16 weeks of the season on the Broncos practice squad. He should immediately see some snaps on special teams. Miller has had a season to forget in 2013 and will try to bounce back in 2014.