Bills pass-rusher Von Miller placed on IR with knee damage

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Buffalo Bills have positioned pass-rusher Von Miller on injured reserve with a knee damage, hours earlier than the group’s Thursday evening sport towards the New England Patriots.

Miller will miss at the very least the subsequent 4 video games after struggling lateral meniscus injury to his proper knee, per Miller, in the course of the group’s win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The group’s hope, per common supervisor Brandon Beane in a pool report, is that he’ll be capable of return this season.

“He’s been doing treatment and trying to rehab it,” Beane stated. “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.”

The Bills, who’re 0-2 within the division to start out the season, are starting a three-game stretch towards three AFC East opponents. The earliest Miller may return is Week 17 towards the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Knowing that Von is still around, and his personality is still around, that’s just as good as him being out there on the field if you ask me,” defensive deal with Ed Oliver stated.

Though the protection can be with out the group’s sack chief in Miller for a key stretch, defensive ends AJ Epenesa and Greg Rousseau are set to make their returns from ankle accidents towards the Patriots.

Miller stated on his podcast Tuesday that he was hopeful he would be capable of return for the group’s sport towards the New York Jets subsequent week, however Beane stated placing him on injured reserve Thursday permits Thursday evening’s sport to rely for his video games missed.

“I do have some lateral meniscus damage, and it’s going to have to be addressed,” Miller stated on the podcast. “But I do feel like I can, you know, play through that, so I’m just gonna wait a little bit, and let the swelling go down for about seven to 10 days and, hopefully, right before the Jets game I will be back.”

Miller ranks third within the NFL in quarterback pressures (38) behind Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (46) and Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon (39). No different Bills participant has greater than 12 pressures, with Miller’s 216 strain hole the biggest within the NFL this season. Miller leads the Bills in sacks (eight), move rush win charge (23.7%) and strain proportion (14.6%).

“If I’m out there, you know that I’m ready to go and I feel totally confident,” Miller stated.