NFL honors Von Miller

Von Miller is vying for a bigger award, but his outstanding player has recognized by the NFL.

Miller has been named the AFC defensive player of the month. The second-year outside linebacker was outstanding in November as Denver went 4-0. He had eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. He had at least one sack in four games in November. He was the only player in the NFL to do that.

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

In other AFC West news:

Here is another reason why the Raiders need to continue to give Marcel Reece the ball when Darren McFadden returns this week from an ankle injury: Reece has 400 yards from scrimmage in the past three weeks. It’s third in the NFL during the stretch behind Houston’s Andre Johnson (496) and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (490). Reece needs to keep playing.

The Chiefs claimed offensive lineman offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks (he might have the best name in the division) off waivers from the Jets. The Chiefs are banged up on the offensive line, and he will provide depth.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Tamba Hali, Branden Albert and Ryan Lilja are all not going to practice Thursday. They all missed practice Wednesday. Thus, there chances of playing Sunday against Carolina may not be great.