CHICAGO — The Broncos will open their preseason against the Bears without Von Miller. Head coach Vance Joseph decided to keep Miller out of the first contest to preserve his team’s star pass rusher amid a rash of injuries to the Broncos’ defense, especially on the edge. Shane Ray tore a ligament in his wrist early in training camp and Shaquil Barrett is recovering from a hip straight.
Before the Broncos left Colorado, Joseph said Miller and the rest of the first-team defense will play a maximum of three series against the Bears. With Miller out, rookie DeMarcus Walker and veterans Kasim Edebali and Vontarrius Dora will see extended time.
Inside linebacker Todd Davis (shoulder sprain) and safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) were ruled out earlier in the week, along with center Matt Paradis and running back Jamaal Charles. Davis, Charles, Paradis and Miller took to Soldier Field about three and a half hours before kickoff for stretching with Broncos trainers.
Starting in place of Davis will be Corey Nelson. Will Parks will likely start in place of Ward. Connor McGovern start at center, anchoring a line that includes Garett Bolles at left tackle, Max Garcia at left guard, Ron Leary at right guard and Menelik Watson at right tackle.