Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller sat out of the team’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, but not due to injury.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP said he did not feel he was mentally ready to play in a game.
“I’m ready to go out there and play — but the Von I know I can be, the Von I want to be, I’m not there yet,” Miller said Tuesday.
“Physically, I am good. Conditioning-wise, I’m good. It’s just the mental part of it,” Miller continued. “Whenever you take a break from football, it’s always a process to get back at the game speed that I want to play at. Every day I’m at practice I remember something new that I used to do.”
Miller did not participate in the team’s offseason training due to contract negotiations. He agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million contract with the Broncos last month.
Despite Miller’s absence, Denver defeated the Bears 22–0. The team is set to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 20.