Broncos' Miller has surgery to repair ACL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller had surgery Thursday to repair his torn right ACL, the team has confirmed. The procedure, performed by a surgeon in Dr. James Andrews' group, was completed and the Broncos' training staff had been notified by late Thursday afternoon.

Miller's recovery time is expected to take between six to nine months. Miller, sporting a brace on the knee for support in recent days, has been receiving treatment at the Broncos' facility since he suffered the injury last month.

Miller tore the ACL in his right knee midway through the first quarter of the 37-13 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 16. Miller underwent an MRI the following day and the exam confirmed what some team officials had feared after the game.

His recovery is expected to keep him out of the team's offseason program and likely at least some of training camp. Miller played in only nine games this season. He was suspended the first six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Miller left the Dec. 22 game after his leg buckled as he was fighting to get off a block on a 3-yard completion from Matt Schaub to Keshawn Martin.

Miller finished the season with 33 tackles and was fourth on the team in sacks with five. The third-year linebacker has 35 career sacks, fifth-most in the NFL since his rookie season of 2011, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Nate Irving has played in Miller's strongside linebacker spot in the Broncos' base defense while the Broncos have used Robert Ayers more in Miller's absence in pass-rush situations.