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Broncos lose Von Miller to torn ACL

According to reports, the Broncos' already vulnerable defense has lost Von Miller for the rest of the season after he suffered an ACL tear against the Texans on Sunday. Miller is arguably the Broncos' best defensive player. How much will Denver miss his presence? And how will this loss impact the Broncos' Super Bowl aspirations?

Von Miller is out for the season with a torn ACL. How big of a loss is this for the Broncos?

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  • Are the Broncos your Super Bowl favorite heading into the playoffs?

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  • If you were a Broncos fan, what would worry you more this postseason?

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  • Other than the Patriots, which of these AFC teams has the best shot of knocking the Broncos out of the playoffs?

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  • Whom would you rather have at quarterback heading into the postseason?

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AFC West Preview -- 2013

In the AFC West, there's the Denver Broncos and everybody else. Right? Perhaps not, with Von Miller suspended and the Kansas City Chiefs rejuvenated. (New coach? Check. New QB? That too. No. 1 overall pick? Uh-huh.) Meanwhile, the San Diego Chargers are facing several questions, while the Oakland Raiders are starting over.

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Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • Will the Broncos reach the Super Bowl this season?

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  • With Von Miller suspended for six games, how worried should Broncos fans be entering the season?

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  • How many more years does Peyton Manning have as an elite quarterback?

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  • How many games will the Chiefs win this season?

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  • Will Philip Rivers play in another Pro Bowl?

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  • Will the Raiders finish with the worst record in the NFL this season?

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  • How many more years does Peyton Manning have as an elite quarterback?

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So the San Francisco 49ers have good linebackers -- four of the best in the league, in fact. No wonder the team finished third in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points in 2012. Where do these Bay Area aces rank among all of the league's LBs? Click the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL linebackers in 2013

NaVorro Bowman

NaVorro Bowman

49ers
2012: 148 tackles, 2 sacks, FF, INT

Lance Briggs

Lance Briggs

Bears
2012: 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Ahmad Brooks

Ahmad Brooks

49ers
2012: 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT

Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing

Texans
2012: 30 tackles, FF, INT

Tamba Hali

Tamba Hali

Chiefs
2012: 51 tackles, 9 sacks, FF

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Chiefs
2012: 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers
2012: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT

Sean Lee

Sean Lee

Cowboys
2012: 58 tackles, FF, INT

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

Packers
2012: 43 tackles, 13 sacks, FF

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots
2012: 147 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FF, INT

Von Miller

Von Miller

Broncos
2012: 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 6 FF, INT

Brian Orakpo

Brian Orakpo

Redskins
2012: 5 tackles, sack, FF

Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs

Ravens
2012: 22 tackles, 2 sacks

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 FF, INT

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers
2012: 120 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley

Steelers
2012: 38 tackles, 4 sacks, FF, INT

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Miller accepts six-game suspension

Von Miller on Tuesday agreed to serve a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance policy. How worried should Broncos fans be? Are the Broncos your favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl? Cast your votes.

  • With Von Miller suspended for six games, how worried should Broncos fans be entering the season?

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  • Will Von Miller's absence cost the Broncos at least one early season game they should win?

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  • Which QB-WR duo will put up bigger numbers this season?

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  • Which of these teams will most likely represent the AFC in the Super Bowl?

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Von Miller facing 4-game suspension

Denver Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller might not be around for the start of the 2013 season, as sources say he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Miller is appealing the decision, and in a tweet Monday, he denied any wrongdoing. But if it holds up, it's another negative in a tumultuous offseason for one of the NFL's top teams.

How would the Broncos fare in Week 1 against the Ravens without Von Miller?

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  • How would the Broncos fare in Week 2 at the Giants without Von Miller?

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  • How would the Broncos fare in Week 3 against the Raiders without Von Miller?

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  • How would the Broncos fare in Week 4 against the Eagles without Von Miller?

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  • How much will the Broncos' off-field issues affect them this season?

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