For the second year in a row, the Buffalo Bills have a key player on their defense working their way back from a torn ACL. Last year, it was cornerback Tre'Davious White after he suffered a torn ACL against the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving Day in 2021.
White would begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list and wouldn't return to a regular season for almost a full calendar year when he played against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving last year.
During that same game, the Buffalo Bills saw star pass rusher Von Miller suffer a torn ACL that would cost him the rest of the season. However, it doesn't appear that Miller will miss as much time and could be ready for the season opener.
Buffalo Bills: Von Miller says he is "all healed up" from ACL injury
Ryan O'Halloran of The Buffalo News spoke with Von Miller at his pass rusher summit in Las Vegas and Miller said that doctors believe his knee is all healed up:
"“I have good information from my doctor and my knee is all healed up,” Miller said after hosting his pass rush summit in suburban Las Vegas. “It’s all about me and how confident I can be (over) the next three months.”"
The big question for the Buffalo Bills is going to come a few weeks before the regular season when they open training camp at St. John Fisher College. As O'Halloran notes, if the Bills want to have the option to place Von Miller on the physically unable to perform list at the beginning of the regular season, they have to have Miller begin training camp on the PUP list.
This roster move would force Miller to miss the first six weeks of the regular season but he wouldn't count against the 53-man roster. The Buffalo Bills could also place him on injured reserve at the beginning of the season, which he would be required to miss only the first four weeks of the season but the team would need to have Von Miller on the initial 53-man roster.
However, if Von Miller is already at this point of his rehab it is certainly a great sign that he could be in uniform for the 2023 season opener against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.