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Broncos sackmaster Von Miller, Bucs QB Josh Freeman lead list of early inactives

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder gets a real break today — he'll still have to deal with elite pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil when the Vikings take on the Denver Broncos, but he'll not have to fend off endbacker Vin Miller, the shoo-in for Defensive Rookie of the Year so far. Miller has surgery on ligaments in his thumb this week, and that will keep him out. Not only does Miller have 10.5 sacks this season, he also leads the league in quarterback hits with 18, has 26 quarterback hurries, and hasn't missed a tackle this season.

Also, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman will not play against the Carolina Panthers today due to a shoulder injury. Backup Josh Johnson will make his first start since 2009. Not good for a team that's lost six of their last seven games.

The full list of early inactives below; thanks as always to Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog for the quick work!

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills

Tennessee: QB Rusty Smith, WR Donnie Avery, T Byron Stingily, C Kevin Matthews, DT Zach Clayton, LB Barrett Ruud, CB Tommie Campbell

Buffalo: WR Derek Hagan, WR Kamar Aiken, T Sam Young, DE Kyle Moore, LB Antonio Coleman, S George Wilson, K Rian Lindell

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears

Kansas City: QB Ricky Stanzi, TE Jake O'Connell, T David Mims, DE Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe, LB Demorrio Williams, S Donald Washington

Chicago: QB Jay Cutler, QB Josh McCown, TE Andre Smith, G Ricky Henry, DT Anthony Adams, LB Jabara Williams, CB D.J. Moore

Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans

Atlanta: QB John Parker Wilson, T Kirk Chambers, C Brett Romberg, DE Cliff Mathews, LB Stephen Nicholas, CB Kelvin Hayden, CB Brent Grimes

Houston: QB Kellen Clemens, FB Lawrence Vickers, TE Garrett Graham, T Andrew Gardner, G Thomas Austin, DE Tim Bulman, CB Brandon Harris

Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins

Oakland: QB Jason Campbell, RB Darren McFadden, RB Taiwan Jones, WR Jacoby Ford, WR Denarius Moore, G Bruce Campbell, DE Jarvis Moss

Miami: RB Steve Slaton, TE Will Yeatman, T Will Barker, G Ray Feinga, G Vernon Carey, DT Ryan Baker, LB Ikaika Alama-Francis

Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings

Denver: FB Quinn Johnson, TE Julius Thomas, T Tony Hills, G Manny Ramirez, LB Mike Mohamed, LB Von Miller, S Rahim Moore

Minnesota: RB Adrian Peterson, T DeMarcus Love, C/G Brandon Fusco, DE D'Aundre Reed, CB Asher Allen, CB Chris Cook, Andrew Sendejo

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

Indianapolis: QB Peyton Manning, FB Ryan Mahaffey, TE Dallas Clark, TE Brody Eldridge, DT Drake Nevis

New England: QB Ryan Mallett, RB Shane Vereen, T Sebastian Vollmer, G Dan Connolly, LB Dane Fletcher, LB Brandon Spikes, S Patrick Chung

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati: WR Ryan Whalen, T Donald Lee, G Clint Boling, DE Carlos Dunlap, DT Pat Sims, LB Dontay Moch, CB Nate Clements

Pittsburgh: QB Dennis Dixon, WR Arnaz Battle, T Jamon Meredith, DE Al Woods, NT Chris Hoke, LB Chris Carter, LB Larry Foote

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Darvin Adams, WR Kealoha Pilares, G Bryant Browning, LB Jason Phillips, LB Omar Gaither, CB Brandon Hogan

Tampa Bay: QB Josh Freeman, WR Michael Spurlock, T James Lee, T Derek Hardman, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE Michael Bennett, CB Myron Lewis

New York Jets at Washington Redskins

NY Jets: QB Kevin O'Connell, RB Bilal Powell, WR Eron Riley, T Austin Howard, DE Mike DeVito, DT Martin Tevaseu, CB Ellis Lankster

Washington: FB Darrel Young, WR Terrence Austin, T Tyler Polumbus, G Willie Smith, LB Markus White, CB Brandyn Thompson, S LaRon Landry

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