Von Miller did not tear the ACL; injury still being assessed, sources say

BUFFALO, NY — Bills pass-rusher Von Miller didn’t tear his ACL in the team’s win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday, but he’s considered out indefinitely as he garners more opinions on his right knee injury, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.

Miller will miss at least one to two weeks, sources said, with the possibility that he will be out for the remainder of the 2022 season.

As he continues to seek medical opinions, Miller is unlikely to make any quick decisions on how best to proceed with his knee injury, sources said.

The injury, to the same knee he tore his ACL in 2013, means the Bills will be without Miller for at least the start of a key streak against opponents AFC East. The Bills play the New England Patriots on Dec. 1 before hosting the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. The Bills are 0-2 in the division this season.

Miller suffered the injury with less than three minutes left in the first half on Thursday when he appeared to be rolled. He quickly got down on one knee and spent a few minutes talking to the coaches on the pitch. He spent several minutes in the medical tent on the sidelines before being taken to the locker room.

He was seen leaving the X-ray room at Ford Field and slowly made his way to the Bills locker room. He had no walking boots and did not use crutches.

Miller had a tackle and a quarterback hit before leaving the game. He entered Week 12 ranked second in the NFL with 37 pressures, behind Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (44).

The Bills are also struggling 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 recalled from the practice squad for Thursday’s game.

Without Miller, the interior defensive line put in a solid performance. Defensive tackles Ed Oliver and DaQuan Jones were responsible for the team’s only sacks, and each had two quarterback hits while combining three tackles for the loss. Oliver’s sack drove a safety, and he also forced a fumble and got it back.

A 12-year veteran and Super Bowl 50 MVP, Miller was signed in the offseason to fill a major need for the Bills. The team lacked a dominant pass-rusher, and Miller had the Bills among the teams he wanted to join as he reached free agency for the first time in his NFL career. A six-year, $120 million deal has been agreed that ties the 33-year-old to the Bills for the next three years and then provides more flexibility.

Miller leads the Bills in sacks (eight), pass rush success rate (23.7%) and pressing percentage (14.6%). Miller missed the entire 2020 season with an ankle injury and hasn’t played a full season since 2018.


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