By Michael Spencer

(CBS4) – “Sackmaster” Von Miller has just been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month, and it marks the fourth time in his career that he has been awarded with the NFL honors. The Broncos outside linebacker has successfully returned from injury and led a fierce Denver defense in the team’s 3-0 start.

Von Miller of the Denver Broncos sacks Zach Wilson of the Jets at Empower Field at Mile High on September 26, 2021.

Von Miller sacks Zach Wilson of the Jets at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday. (credit: AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Miller is currently tied with Matt Milano of the Buffalo Bills for the league lead with 6 tackles for loss. He also has 4 sacks, which is fourth in the league so far this season. Additionally, Miller has 8 tackles, 6 of which were solo, and 6 quarterback hits. His coach Vic Fangio says the defense has been “pretty damn solid.”

Miller previously was awarded player of the month honors in November 2012, October 2014 and September 2016.

The other Broncos defenders to win the honors are Rulon Junes, Karl Mecklenburg, Dennis Smith, Simon Fletcher, Deltha O’Neal, Champ Bailey and Demarcus Ware. Only Champ Bailey was given the honors more than once. The AFC Defensive Player of the Month recognition was initiated in 1986.

Miller and the undefeated Broncos will face their toughest test yet when they host Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Kickoff is at 2:25, and can be seen on CBS4 in the Denver viewing area.

Michael Spencer