MILLER GETS CREDIT FOR SACK, FORCED FUM­BLE LATE IN WIN AT JACK­SONVILLE

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Von Miller was cred­ited for a sack and forced fum­ble for his play late in the fourth quar­ter at Jack­sonville when he shoved tackle Kelvin Beachum into quar­ter­back Blake Bor­tles to force a turnover. The sack ex­tends Miller’s league-lead to 13.5.

Fel­low out­side line­backer Shane Ray re­cov­ered the fum­ble to seal Den­ver’s vic­tory.

Miller now has 73.5 sacks in his ca­reer, ty­ing Ru­lon Jones for fourth-most in Bron­cos his­tory. He also has 18 forced fum­bles, ty­ing Ryan Ker­ri­gan and Robert Quinn for the third-most in the NFL since 2011.

Lighter prac­tices.

Coach Gary Ku­biak al­tered his team’s prac­tice sched­ule, turn­ing Wed­nes­day into sep­a­rate walk­throughs for each po­si­tional group. Ku­biak said af­ter the team’s win in Jack­sonville that fa­tigue is an is­sue this late in the sea­son.

Ku­biak al­tered the team’s prac­tice sched­ule last year too, in an ef­fort to pre­serve the team’s health in De­cem­ber.

“It all de­pends on what’s go­ing on with your team, re­ally, more than any­thing,” he said. “Last year we changed our rou­tine late in the sea­son. I re­mem­ber do­ing it late and dur­ing the play­offs. Just me watch­ing them, we need a bunch of reps, so to go get a bunch of reps to­day and be able to still take some­thing off their legs and make it more of a walk­through type of thing helps them out.”

Green hon­ored.

Tight end Vir­gil Green was se­lected as the Bron­cos’ 2016 Wal­ter Pay­ton Man of the Year for his con­tri­bu­tions in the com­mu­nity through­out his six years with the team.

Since the Bron­cos drafted him in the sev­enth round in 2011 (No. 204), Green has con­sis­tently con­trib­uted to the team’s Be a Cham­pion in the Com­mu­nity plat­form, vol­un­teered as a part­ner for the Power Lunch pro­gram to im­prove child­hood lit­er­acy and has worked with the Mile High United Way. This year, he also adopted a lo­cal class­room from Den­ver’s Columbian El­e­men­tary, where he vis­its ev­ery Tues­day to read to stu­dents.

“It’s a pas­sion of mine. I en­joy do­ing it,” Green said. “It’s an honor to be out there. I work a lot with kids and to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and play­ing in a busi­ness where some­times it can be stress­ful, go­ing to work with the kids, some­times I get to be a kid again and just play with them.”

The NFL’s na­tional win­ner will be an­nounced dur­ing the NFL Hon­ors awards show in Hous­ton on Feb. 4.

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