Von Miller didn’t tear ACL; injury still being evaluated, sources say

BUFFALO, NY — Bill’s pass-rusher Von Miller didn’t tear an ACL in the team’s 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday, but he’s ruled out indefinitely while he seeks more opinions on his right knee injury , sources told ESPN with Adam Schefter on Friday.

Miller will be absent for at least a week or two, sources said, with the possibility of him being out for the remainder of the 2022 season.

As he continues to seek medical opinions, Miller is not expected to make quick decisions about the best course of action for his knee injury, sources said.

Injury to the same knee that caused Miller to tear his cruciate ligament in 2013 means the Bills will be without Miller at least for the start of a key stage against AFC East opponents. The Bills play with the New England Patriots on December 1 before hosting the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. The Bills are 2-0 in division play this season.

“If he misses a few games or whatever, or if he plays next week, I just hope he’s still there,” defensive tackle Ed Oliver said after Thursday’s game. “I hope his presence, I hope he still guides us from the sidelines. You have this guy – it doesn’t matter if he’s playing, watching or training, it doesn’t matter – just having his presence, having his positive energy, the way he acts, like the messages he sends transmitted to us. And just having a guy around is contagious.”

Miller suffered the injury with less than three minutes remaining in the first half when he appeared to be reeled. 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 taken to the dressing room.

He was seen exiting the x-ray room at Ford Field and slowly walking towards the Bills’ locker room. He wasn’t wearing hiking boots and didn’t use crutches.

Replacing Miller will not be an easy task. 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 26 pressure gap being the widest in the NFL this season.

The Bills are also dealing with injuries to defensive ends Greg Rousseau (ankle) and AJ Epenesa (ankle). Shaq Lawson and Boogie Basham are the only other defensive ends on the active roster, while Mike Love was called up from the practice team for Thursday’s game.

“Next man up,” Lawson said of the team’s mentality as Miller went down. “I mean shoot, everyone’s got their socks and knickers on too. So, I mean nobody really blinked like we just got the next guy upstairs. I was only ready for the moment. I made the best of my opportunity. “

Without Miller, the central defense showed a strong performance. Defensive tackles Oliver and DaQuan Jones accounted for the team’s only sacks, and each had two quarterback hits while combined for three tackles for the loss. Oliver’s sack led to a safety and he also forced a fumble and recovered.

Miller, a 12th-year veteran and Super Bowl 50 MVP, was signed during the offseason to fill a big need for the Bills. The team lacked a dominant pass rusher, and Miller had the Bills among the teams he was interested in when he hit free agency for the first time in his NFL career. A six-year, $120 million deal has been agreed, tying the 33-year-old to the Bills for the next three years, with more flexibility then.

Miller leads the Bills in sacks (eight), pass rush win rate (23.7%) and pressure percentage (14.6%). Miller missed the entire 2020 season with an ankle injury and has not played a full season since 2018.

“He’s been a great addition to our team in so many ways, and I think the best thing about Von is that he’s such a team player,” coach Sean McDermott said last week. “He does whatever is asked, he serves and in the way he serves his teammates. So, and by a star factor if you will, he’s pretty low key on the facility and just one of the guys.”

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Emma Bowman

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