Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Von Miller did not suffer a torn ACL in Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Miller was carried off the field during the Thanksgiving game, and an MRI later revealed that the pass-rusher had a torn lateral meniscus, according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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The amount of time Miller will miss is unknown, but he will be reevaluated in seven to 10 days, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
The 33-year-old will likely need to undergo surgery, but the question is whether that surgery will take place during or after the NFL season.
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Miller was injured after taking a side hit from a Lions offensive lineman in the first half. He then turned his leg around when the play was ending.
A torn ACL would have ended Miller’s season, but now he can wait and watch for the next week and a half when it comes to the knee. Rapoport noted that Miller could return to the field and wear a brace. Miller tore an ACL in 2013.
The eight-time Pro Bowler has racked up eight sacks in the first eight games this season. He was the Bills’ biggest offseason free agent acquisition and signed a six-year, $120 million contract with the team.
Miller has won two Super Bowls, one with the Denver Broncos and one last year with the Los Angeles Rams. He was named the MVP of Super Bowl 50 after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers.
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Any amount of time Miller is forced to forfeit would be a major blow to the Bills’ defense. The unit ranks fourth in the NFL in pass defense and is tied for 12th in total yards allowed per game this season.
The Bills will travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to play the New England Patriots on Thursday.