If the Broncos reach the Super Bowl this season, they will have to demonstrate remarkable resiliency.

The Broncos have lost Von Miller for the season after tests Monday confirmed the star linebacker had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Miller suffered the injury to his left knee in the first quarter of the Broncos' 37-13 victory Sunday against the Houston Texans.

After quarterback Peyton Manning, a case can be made the Broncos' next two best players are Miller and left tackle Ryan Clady. Both are finished for the season. Clady suffered a Lisfranc tear in his foot late in the second game of the season.

The Broncos have also lost starting defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to a season-ending hip injury while free safety Rahim Moore was put on the designated-to-return injured reserve list following emergency surgery five weeks ago to correct a circulatory condition in his lower left leg.

Moore can be activated for the playoffs but only if he receives medical clearance. The Broncos have also been playing without starting defensive lineman Derek Wolfe following his seizure-like episode last month. And slot receiver Wes Welker missed the past two games and has yet to be cleared from a second concussion he received two weeks ago.

There is hope Wolfe and Welker will be available to play in the Broncos' second-round playoff game Jan. 11 or 12. The team has clinched a first-round bye and can capture its second consecutive No. 1 seed by beating the Oakland Raiders in the final regular-season game Sunday in Oakland.

For Miller, he can only find solace in knowing the New Year is approaching. The year 2013 didn't work out for him. In March, he publicly guaranteed the Broncos would win the Super Bowl this season.