Bills Linebacker Miller Avoids Major Injury

The Buffalo Bills held their breath when linebacker Von Miller hobbled off the field in the early portion of their Thanksgiving thriller against the Detroit Lions, but they've apparently dodged catastrophe. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the eight-time Pro Bowler avoided an ACL tear.

Concerns over Miller's lateral meniscus will likely keep him out for at least a week, meaning he's all but certain to miss Week 13's crucial Thursday Night Football matchup with the New England Patriots. There remains a distinct possibility that he'll be out for the year should he elect for surgery.

Miller has been a smashing success since joining the Bills this year on a six-year, $120 million deal. His 8.0 sacks lead the team's fifth-ranked scoring defense, and he has demonstrated a flair for the dramatic in key games this year. He notched 2.0 sacks in the season opener against the Super Bowl LVI champion Los Angeles Rams and another 2.0 sacks in the Bills' crucial win over the AFC's top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs.

Miller entered the league as the second-overall pick of the Denver Broncos and immediately established himself as one of the league's premier pass rushers, earning eight Pro Bowls across his first nine seasons. The Bills will cross their fingers they'll have his clutch play back for the playoffs; he has logged 9.0 sacks in his past seven postseason starts.

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