’TIS THE SEA­SON FOR MILLER’S GEN­EROS­ITY

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Nicki Jhab­vala, The Den­ver Post

Von Miller al­ways comes through dur­ing the hol­i­days. In 2015, he gifted his team­mates whiskey and un­der­wear “be­cause it in­creases blood flow to the area” and be­cause “every­body can use some un­der­wear for Christ­mas.” In 2016, he gave ev­ery player in the AFC West a cus­tom bot­tle of wine, with a thank you mes­sage that read: “It is an honor and a priv­i­lege to take the field and com­pete with you twice a year.”

This year, Santa Miller bought his team­mates com­fort: “ChiliPads,” dual-tem­per­a­ture mat­tress top­pers.

“I just like do­ing stuff for my team­mates. It just makes me feel good. Self­ishly, I just feel good when I do stuff for other peo­ple, so I wanted to do some­thing for my guys. It’s like a mat­tress chill pad. I’ve been us­ing it all year and I love it. I thought some of my guys, es­pe­cially the of­fen­sive line­men that re­ally con­duct a lot of body heat in the bed (could use it). Look­ing out for my guys.”

Roby re­port.

When the Bron­cos needed him the most, third-year cor­ner­back Bradley Roby played his best. Fill­ing in for the sus­pended Aqib Talib last Sun­day at Mi­ami, Roby had his best show­ing of the sea­son. He was tar­geted nine times in cov­er­age and al­lowed three re­cep­tions for 53 yards, ac­cord­ing to Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus. He also had three pass breakups, a forced fum­ble and fum­ble re­cov­ery.

“He did some im­pres­sive things. We still want him to be more con­sis­tent — there were a cou­ple of plays here or there — but over­all I felt like he stepped up and did a good job fill­ing in for Talib,” de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Woods said.

“He’s not a big talker, but you could see it in his eyes. He made a cou­ple of plays and just kind of said, ‘Hey, I can do this.’ And that’s what we need from him.”

In­jury up­dates.

Three Den­ver play­ers didn’t prac­tice Thurs­day be­cause of in­jury: guard Ron Leary (back), nose tackle Do­mata Peko (knee) and quar­ter­back Pax­ton Lynch (an­kle). De­fen­sive end Zach Kerr didn’t prac­tice be­cause of a per­sonal mat­ter, coach Vance Joseph said.

“If (Leary) was healthy enough to play, he would play,” Joseph said. “He’s get­ting bet­ter slowly.”

Prac­tice squad ad­di­tion.

The Bron­cos signed de­fen­sive end Jhaustin Thomas to their prac­tice squad Thurs­day. The 6foot-5, 282-pound rookie played two years at Iowa State and was named sec­ondteam all-Big 12 in 2016. He orig­i­nally signed with the Colts as an un­drafted free agent in 2017 but was waived dur­ing ros­ter cuts. Thomas briefly played on the prac­tice squads of the Browns and the Raiders be­fore sign­ing with Den­ver.

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