Buffalo Bills probably made a good decision by deciding to keep star linebacker Von Miller on the injury reserve list that will keep him out of activity for 4 more weeks. During the Buffalo Bills’ Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions, Miller picked up a knee injury and had to leave the field on a golf cart. Miller is one of the Bills’ most important players on the defense and his contributions have taken the Bills to their current 8-3 record. As a two-time Super Bowl champion and a Super Bowl MVP, his absence would affect any team in the NFL.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero shared General Manager Brandon Beane’s statement on Miller: “Correct. He’s been doing treatment and trying to rehab it. We don’t want to rush him back, and he’s a competitor. That’s why we love him. That’s why he’s so great. The competitor in him – if he could wheel it out there tonight, he would do it. We just think in talking to the medical people that the best decision right now is to give this time, and that gives him the best opportunity to help us down the stretch.”
Against which teams is Von Miller not playing?
The upcoming game Von Miller is missing will be against the 6-5 New England Patriots later on Thursday Night Football. After that, Miller is potentially missing December 11’s game against the New York Jets. He is also likely going to miss December 18’s game against the 8-3 Miami Dolphins. On December 24, Buffalo Bills are set to face the 3-9 Chicago Bears in a Christmas Eve game that Miller will also likely miss. The idea is to see how Miller’s recovery evolves in order to see if he can make his comeback against the 7-4 Cincinatti Bengals on January 2.
Out of all those games, Miller will be missed in at least three of them because the Bills are facing direct Super Bowl or Playoff contenders. Should he return before the scheduled timing, the Buffalo Bills will make an announcement as soon as they have some positive updates. Meanwhile, Von Miller will have time to both recover and spend the holidays with his family without thinking about football. But make no mistake, Miller absolutely hates not being able to play for his team at one of the most crucial moments of the season for them.