Buffalo Bills keeping Von Miller on the PUP list was the best move

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The NFL cut day has arrived which means that the coaching staff and upper management have to make tough decisions regarding their rosters. The Buffalo Bills had to make a call on whether or not to activate defensive end Von Miller from the physically unable to perform list (PUP). Miller tore his ACL on Thanksgiving last season against the Detroit Lions but has been trending up according to general manager Brandon Beane. The news broke today that the Bills would keep Miller on the PUP list, meaning he will miss the first four games of the regular season.

The Bills are set to play the New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, Washington Commanders and the Miami Dolphins in Miller’s absence. Even though Miller was rehabbing his knee and has been seen participating in light drills as training camp progressed, there is no need to rush back the defensive end. At 34 years old, the body does not heal as fast as it once did. The Bills just signed Miller to a massive contract last offseason and if this injury is not healed properly, there could be factors that hurt the Bills if Miller is not able to perform to the best of his abilities at full health. 

Not to mention, the Bills already have a deep defensive room that will be led by third-year pass rusher Gregory Rousseau and veteran Leonard Floyd, who has been a force the last three seasons with nine or more sacks. 

The only true game that the Bills may miss Miller’s presence is the Miami game in week four. The Jets have a shaky offensive line so the pass rush should be able to pressure Aaron Rodgers. The Raiders are a mess right now and have way more questions than answers. Then the Commanders also have more questions than answers.

The Bills lost Miller for the last half of the season last year, there is no need to worry about him missing the first four games so that he is ready to come back when the Bills start the true tough part of their schedule.

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