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Montee Ball and Von Miller to make NFL preseason debuts vs Texans

Miller, who has 35 sacks through his first three NFL seasons, has been sidelined since tearing his ACL.

Dustin Bradford

The Denver Broncos are the favorite to win the AFC and make it to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. Part of that is because they have one of the NFL's best pass-rushers in Von Miller.

Part of it is because they have a solid ground game, led by Montee Ball, to compliment an elite passing attack. Both Ball and Miller have yet to play this preseason, but both will be making their debuts Saturday night against the Houston Texans, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

Broncos starters Von Miller and Montee Ball are expected to make their 2014 preseason debuts Saturday.

Miller, the Broncos' strongside linebacker who has 35 sacks through his first three NFL seasons, has been sidelined since tearing the ACL in his right knee early in a game Dec. 22 at Houston. His return will be against those same Houston Texans, the Broncos' opponent in the preseason game Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

"I've had a lot of practice at full speed," Miller said. "And with all the practicing here with the Texans, I think it will help make the game seem a little easier. I'm excited."

Ball has been out since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4. He did little physically for two weeks, then was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday.