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Von Miller on loss of Elvis Dumervil: 'He was our rock'

The Denver Broncos were enjoying a superb offseason until The Great Colorado Fax Failure removed a major piece of the defense.

We're referring, of course, to Elvis Dumervil, who found his way to the Baltimore Ravens in the strangest of circumstances. During a Thursday appearance on "NFL Total Access," Broncos linebacker Von Miller didn't sugarcoat what Dumervil meant to the Broncos.

"He was our leader in the locker room. He was our rock," Miller said on NFL Network. "He showed me how to be a technician on the field. ... He showed me so much stuff on the field, how to be a professional, how to conduct yourself off the field. He's truly going to be missed."

NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano asked Miller if it made him angry how Dumervil exited the picture.

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"No it didn't," he replied. "Before anything, me and Elvis, we're brothers. I wanted what's best for him and going to the Baltimore Ravens was a better fit for him."

Dumervil can be replaced, and John Elway has earned the benefit of the doubt based on his last two years of work as Broncos executive vice president of football operations. But losing Dumervil, especially to the team that shocked you in the playoffs, is a sting that doesn't easily go away.

Miller's comments reflect that.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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