Buffalo Bills News: Von Miller likely to miss some of 2023 season
By Ryan Heckman
Watching the Buffalo Bills get bounced from the playoffs, one thing was certain.
This is a team that missed Von Miller, their All Pro edge rusher and prized free agent signing.
Since Miller suffered a torn ACL on Thanksgiving, thus putting him out for the season, this Bills defense was a different unit. Miller’s presence, alone, transformed the Bills defense into one of the scariest defenses in the league.
But, after he went out for the year, Buffalo’s pass rush was a shell of themselves. Without Miller, the Bills had a hard time generating any pass rush. It was truly amazing to see what a difference one player made for this team.
Because Miller sustained the injury in November, his timetable for returning on time for the 2023 season was always in jeopardy. We now have somewhat of an idea, though, of when Miller will return.
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane seems to think Von Miller will miss some of the upcoming season
Beane told the Buffalo News:
“I think Von’s in a good spot. I think he’s doing well. I expect him for a good portion of 2023; I’m not ruling out all of 2023, but I don’t want to say that, either. I think it’s too early.”
At one point, ACL injuries had become far less scary than they used to be. Instead of taking a full year or so to recover, that time frame had been shortened down to as little as nine months. With Miller being 33 years old, and turning 34 in March, one has to assume his recovery time will be closer to that year mark than the nine months.
Exactly nine months out from his initial surgery would be August, meaning he will more than likely miss a chunk of the 2023 season, like Beane said.
The only real worrisome aspect of Beane’s comments was that he refused to rule out all of 2023, which means that’s a real possibility. If we learned anything after Miller’s injury, it’s that this defense cannot afford to be without their premier pass rusher.