There will be plenty of ‘What if’ questions around the Buffalo Bills season and one of those questions is what their season might have looked like had Von Miller not suffered the knee injury on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions. The hope was that he would be able to return at some point but a few weeks after the injury it was determined he suffered a torn ACL during an exploratory operation.
While the Bills would win their final five games after the injury, his absence was noticeable on the defense and for this pass rush. In their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Round, the defensive ends combined for no sacks and only two QB hits.
Von Miller believes he will be ready for the beginning of next season for the Buffalo Bills
On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills’ star pass rusher provided an update on how the recovery is going for him. He mentioned a story about how he was rushing out of the hotel and forgot something. Miller went to turn back and start jogging but remembered he shouldn’t be running yet.
He also said he believes that he should be ready for the start of the season. The former All-Pro said, “Mentally is really the thing you have to focus on and I am in a great place mentally.”
Prior to the injury, Von Miller was playing great football in his first season with the Buffalo Bills. He would finish with eight sacks and 12 QB hits in 11 games.
The production Von Miller brings himself is not the only benefit as he seemed to make the other players around him last season. During the first part of the season, the Bills were seeing young players like Greg Rousseau really play at a higher level and the defense as a whole was getting consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
As evidenced by Tre’Davious White, injuries like this can be tricky but if he is actually able to return to begin the year it would be a tremendous boost for the defense.