DENVER (AP) – The cumbersome cast protecting the right thumb of Von Miller remains quite a nuisance. But the rookie linebacker is slowly getting used to it.

“I don’t even really think about it as much. It’s just there,” Miller said. “It’s not like I don’t want to take it off or anything. I do want to get it off, but this is what I have to do to play, and I’m just going out there and playing the game that I love.”

Miller was terrorizing quarterbacks until he tore a ligament in his thumb at San Diego on Nov. 27. He wasn’t the same after, recording just one of his 11 1/2 sacks after the injury.

“It’s feeling a lot better,” Miller said.

Miller had one of the five sacks on Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, bringing down the QB late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Next up, a quarterback even more difficult to take down in Tom Brady.

“He stays pretty shallow in the pocket,” Miller said. “You’ve just got to be able to beat your guy quickly.”

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer … Contributions from ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer

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