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NFL notebook: Broncos’ Von Miller to have knee surgery

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Von Miller is set to have surgery to repair his torn right ACL in Florida today.

Miller’s rehab is expected to take six to nine months, meaning he could miss the start of the Denver Broncos’ training camp next summer.

Miller’s right knee buckled when he was blocked cleanly by Texans tight end Ryan Griffin in Denver’s 37-13 win at Houston on Dec. 22.

That ended a rough season for the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, one that began with him serving a six-game drug suspension. He had five sacks in nine games.

Nate Irving has filled in at strongside linebacker in the base defense and defensive end Robert Ayers has subbed for Miller on passing downs.

COLTS’ LANDRY BETTER — Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry was a full participant at Wednesday’s practice and coaches are hopeful he will play in Saturday night’s playoff game at New England. Landry left last weekend’s game with a concussion. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Landry looked “ready to roll.”

Landry’s return would be a boost for Indy (12-5), which is missing starting cornerback Greg Toler. He left Indy’s 45-44 victory over Kansas City after aggravating a groin injury that had slowed him since mid-October. Toler was put on season-ending injured reserve earlier this week.

Backup linebacker Josh McNary also was a full participant with a concussion. Offensive lineman Khaled Holmes was limited with a calf injury. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey sat out with a hamstring injury and defensive linemen Aubrayo Franklin rested.

KEEPING BIG BEN — Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II says the club will start working on a new deal with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at some point but isn’t sure whether it will be this spring or next.

Roethlisberger has two years remaining on his current contract, a time when the franchise typically tries to lock-up its quarterback with a new long-term deal. Rooney says it’s a priority that Roethlisberger “retire as a Steeler.”

Rooney says the team has already told the NFL it will appeal any further sanctions from coach Mike Tomlin’s ill-advised step onto the field on Thanksgiving night.


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