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Smith set to fill some big cleats for Denver's D

Friday - 7/26/2013, 5:58pm  ET

Denver Broncos rookie defensive end Quanterus Smith from Western Kentucky runs a drill during training camp, Friday, July 26, 2013, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos drafted Smith to replace Elvis Dumervil, but he just might spend his first month as a pro filling the big cleats of All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller, who is facing a possible four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos drafted Quanterus Smith to replace Elvis Dumervil, yet he just might spend his first month as a pro helping to fill the big cleats of All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller, who is facing a possible four-game suspension.

Smith embraces one notion and cringes at the other.

"I'm willing to do anything to help the team and I'm going to step up and do my best," he said. "Yeah, I feel I can replace Dumervil because he left and that spot is open. But as far as replacing Von -- I don't know, there's no replacing Von -- but I would like to just play on the other side of him."

Miller is lining up at his strongside linebacker position during training camp but if the NFL denies his appeal and makes him sit out all of September for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the Broncos have a range of options to fill the void.

There's Shaun Phillips, the 10-year veteran the Broncos signed during draft weekend as a potential replacement for Dumervil, who teamed with Miller to account for 29
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