CHICAGO — Von Miller watched his teammates on the Broncos’ starting defense trot onto Soldier Field on Thursday night for the preseason opener as he remained on the sideline.

The Broncos saw no reason to place undue risk on their franchise player with the start of the regular season still one month away. The good news for Miller? He has only played 60 fewer seconds this preseason than the other stars on the Denver defense.

After Chris Harris intercepted Chicago starting quarterback Mike Glennon on the third play from scrimmage and returned it 50 yards for the game’s first touchdown, most members of the defense’s top unit were done for the night.

“Man, we were just trying to get done,” Harris said. “We were doing whatever we could to get out of the game, and I just happened to make a play.”

It was a swift statement for a defense that has been among the NFL’s best each of the last two seasons and shows no signs of relinquishing that mantle. Members of the first and second units held Glennon — signed by the Bears to a three-year, $45 million contract this offseason — to 2-of-8 passing for 20 yards and a 0.0 rating in three series, providing a glimpse into the difficult task faced daily in training camp by Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.

Mark Sanchez, Chicago’s second-string quarterback, fared no better, completing 1-of-4 passes for 4 yards. The Broncos didn’t surrender a score until rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky marched the Bears 50 yards for a touchdown in the final two minutes of the second quarter.

“That’s a great start,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “We had two turnovers on the first three drives. I was impressed with those guys.”


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