Bills’ Von Miller addresses knee injury, targets Week 14 return

BUFFALO, NY — Bill’s pass rusher Von Miller said on his podcast Tuesday night that he sustained a lateral meniscus damage to his knee, but that he hopes to be back before Buffalo’s Dec. 11 game against the New York Jets

Miller spoke about the injury for the first time since his injury during Buffalo’s Thanksgiving Day game, saying on The VonCast that he didn’t tore his cruciate ligament and that the injury could have been better and worse.

“I have some lateral meniscus damage and it needs to be fixed,” Miller said on the podcast. “But I feel like I can play through this, so I’ll just wait a bit and let the swelling go down for about 7-10 days and hopefully right before the Jets game I’ll be back.”

The Bills host the Jets in week 14.

Miller also shared on his podcast that free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Miller’s close friend and teammate with the Los Angeles Rams last year, will visit the Bills on Friday.

“Hey man, it’s not over ’til it’s over,” Miller said. “He’ll see the Giants, us and the Cowboys. And I think if he comes here, I don’t think he’s going to go.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Beckham will visit the team on Monday. Beckham is returning from a cruciate ligament tear he sustained in the Rams’ Super Bowl win.

The Bills could use some help at wide receiver, with Jamison Crowder, Jake Kumerow and Marquez Stevenson all on injured reserve. Some talent at this position would bolster an offense that has been inconsistent since the Week 7 bye.

Buffalo plays the New England Patriots Thursday night, after which the Bills continue an important AFC East stretch at home against the Jets and Miami Dolphins. Buffalo is 0-2 in division play this season.

“When I’m out there you know I’m ready to go and I feel totally confident,” said Miller, who was already ruled out for Thursday night’s game and did not attend practice this week.

Miller’s injury – to the same right knee where he tore his cruciate ligament in 2013 – came with less than three minutes left in the first half against the Detroit Lions when it appeared to be rolled up. He quickly got on his knees and spent a few minutes talking to coaches on the field. He spent a few minutes in the medical tent on the sidelines before being carted into the dressing room.

Miller ranks third in the NFL for quarterback pressure (38) behind Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (46) and Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon (36). No other Bills player has pressed more than 12 times, with Miller’s 216 pressure gap being the largest this season in the NFL. Miller leads the Bills in sacks (eight), pass rush win rate (23.7%) and pressure percentage (14.6%).

The good news for the Bills is that defensive ends Greg Rousseau (ankle) and AJ Epenesa (ankle) were in full practice this week after missing time through injuries. Her return would be huge for the defensive line even if Miller were available.

Meanwhile, Miller said he continues to see the bright side of things.

“I don’t want to feel sorry for anyone,” Miller said. “I signed a six-year contract, I’m not sorry. … I just have to fight my way through, man, and I’ll be back. The rehab is going well. I feel good.” Bills’ Von Miller addresses knee injury, targets Week 14 return

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