Von Miller earns AFC weekly honor

As he makes a strong push to get the big award at the end of the season, the NFL has honored Denver rookie linebacker Von Miller as the AFC defensive player of the week.

Miller had 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a 17-13 Denver win over the New York Jets in Week 11. It was the first time a Denver defender won the award since Week 4 of 2009. Miller has 9.5 sacks and is five sacks from tying Jevon Kearse’s rookie sack record of 14.5, set in 1998.

Miller is a leading candidate for the NFL Rookie of the Year award.

In other AFC West nuggets:

Here’s a strange feud for you: Oakland backup receiver Chaz Schilens and former Raider and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp. Apparently, Schilens is fired up because Sapp has often been critical of the Raiders. Schilens called Sapp a “fool” and a “joke.” Of course, Sapp had his own response.

Of course, this dispute means little, but it does provide a little pre-Thanksgiving chuckle.

NFL.com is reporting the Houston Texans are adding a quarterback, but it’s not Kyle Orton. So, that likely means less competition for the Chicago Bears in the waiver-claim game. Kansas City could also put a claim in on Orton, who was waived by Denver on Tuesday. The Chiefs have claiming priority over the Bears. There are some other teams such as the Colts, Dolphins and Redskins who could also claim Orton. Denver would save $2.5 million if Orton is claimed. We will find out the results shortly after 4 p.m. EST Wednesday.