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Injury report: Von Miller reveals that he is dealing with an MCL injury

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Here is your Thursday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans.

Los Angeles Chargers v Denver Broncos Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans released their second injury report ahead of their Sunday matchup. For the Broncos, their star player and face of the Franchise revealed to reporters that he is dealing with an MCL injury.

After today’s practice in which Miller was once again a limited participant, he was asked by reporters about how hard it was to sit out last Sunday’s game versus the Chargers. During his answer, Miller revealed that he is dealing with an MCL injury.

“It was hard. It was extremely hard. I cried real tears. A 30-year-old man. It was extremely hard for me. I thought, especially at the beginning of the week and the way that I’ve healed over my career, I thought I was going to be able to put it out there. But MCL is just an important ligament, and especially with my game. If I was standing back off the ball, playing D-tackle or something like that, or inside backer, anything like that, but all exotic movements I really couldn’t do. My game has a foundation in exotic movements. I took it all the way up until the deadline and just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t even say it. I couldn’t even say I wasn’t playing, I had to let them make that call because in my head I had already geared my mind up. I was ready to go, I went to sleep the night before and went through all of my pregame rituals. Everything that I do, I was getting ready for the game, and I just couldn’t do it.”

His status for this week appears up in the air and Friday’s practice will be a big indicator on his chances to play on Sunday. If he can put in a full practice, he should be good to go with everything feels well. However, another limited practice likely makes him a game-time decison once again this weekend.

The other notable player for the Broncos who is working their way back from injury is tackle Ja’Wuan James. Head Coach Vic Fangio told reporters after practice that James is “getting better” and will be active this Sunday. However, he is uncertain the amount of reps he will play against the Texans.

Here is your entire Thursday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans ahead of their game this Sunday.

Denver Broncos injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Ron Leary G Concussion DNP DNP
Will Parks S Hand DNP LIMITED
Malik Reed OLB Ankle / Shoulder DNP LIMITED
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Lower leg LIMITED FULL
Royce Freeman RB Ribs LIMITED FULL
Alexander Johnson ILB Knee LIMITED LIMITED
Connor McGovern C Back LIMITED LIMITED
Von Miller OLB Knee LIMITED LIMITED
Shelby Harris DE Ankle FULL FULL
Ja’Wuan James T Knee FULL FULL
Tim Patrick WR Shoulder FULL FULL
Mike Purcell NT Knee FULL FULL

Houston Texans injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Taiwan Jones RB Hamstring DNP DNP
Gareon Conley CB Hip LIMITED LIMITED
Will Fuller WR Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED
Bradley Roby CB Hamstring / Toe LIMITED LIMITED
Brennan Scarlett LB Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED
Carlos Watkins DE Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED
Angelo Blackson DE Shoulder FULL FULL
Jordan Akins TE Knee NOT LISTED LIMITED

BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related; *- Team conducted a walk through / report is an estimation

STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play