Denver Broncos star outside linebacker Von Miller expressed confidence that he'll make a complete recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Miller also served a six-game suspension last season for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.
“I’m feeling good, I had a schedule that’s all I can ask for,’’ Miller told ESPN. “I’m not going to rush it, I’ve got good training guys with the Broncos, they’re going to have me back in time ready to go. With today’s medicine and what’s going on now like ACL, it’s really not as serious as it used to be.
"I’m a 100 percent positive I’ll be able to come back not only be the same Von, (but) I got to be better. You come back and be the same guy it’s like you go ‘it’s the same Von again’ and I got to be better.’’
Miller said he's looking forward to getting back on the field and working in tandem with new defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
Miller had 18.5 sacks in 2012 and 12 sacks as a rookie, but struggled off the field.
“I’m going to go out there and play my game,’’ Miller said. "When I get back to full speed I’m going to be ready to go. When you’re coming off an ACL it helps you re-evaluate what really matters to you and what really matters to me is playing football and be able to get back to that."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun