Von Miller has sprinted out of the NFL's doghouse and into the sack column.
With the game in the balance Sunday in the fourth quarter, Washington had just moved for a first down when Miller, the Broncos' pass-rushing outside linebacker, flew past left tackle Trent Williams and walloped quarterback Robert Griffin III with a tomahawk chop that knocked the ball loose.
The Broncos, leading 28-21 at the time, recovered the fumble on the Washington 24, and soon after Matt Prater kicked a field goal to give the Broncos a two-score lead.
Von Miller is back.
"I was back last week," Miller said. "I'm 24 years old. Football is what I do. It's what I'm identified as. I was blessed for production to come my way this week. I'm proud of my teammates. We played hard this week. We played hard last week."
Suspended by the league from the Broncos' first six games, Miller applied pressure on Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck last week, but didn't get a sack and Denver lost 39-33.
Denver's defense responded Sunday with its best performance of the season, and pressure on the quarterback was a key reason. Pressure leads to turnovers, and Redskins quarterbacks committed five — the Miller-forced fumble and four interceptions.
Once the Broncos took the lead early in the fourth quarter, RGIII was under assault. Miller keys Broncos pressure because he's the guy the opponent's protection scheme focuses on. Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio moved Miller around, especially in the first half. From the stand-up position, Miller rushed from left defensive end, right end, right tackle and left tackle.
"He is a difference-maker," said Wesley Woodyard, the Broncos' middle linebacker and defensive captain. "It's good to get Von back. I'm glad to see him get a sack. You can see his maturity level continues to grow every year, and I'm just proud of him for continuing to fight."