Injuries could derail Denver

Absence of Harris, Miller will badly sap Broncos' pass defense

Updated: January 17, 2014, 12:27 PM ET
By Tom Gower | Football Outsiders

Von MillerAP Photo/David J. PhillipVon Miller's absence is nothing new for Denver, but presents problems regardless.

For Sunday's AFC Championship Game, the Denver Broncos will be missing two key defenders who played in the 34-31 loss to New England in Week 12. Linebacker Von Miller tore his ACL in Week 16, while cornerback Chris Harris tore his ACL in last week's win over the Chargers. What kind of impact might the loss of each player have in the rematch? How good exactly have the Broncos been with and without Miller, and which defenders might the Broncos be forced to rely upon in Harris' absence?

The answers to those questions may determine which team pushes through to the Super Bowl.


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