Buffalo Bills Place Linebacker Miller on Injured Reserve

The Buffalo Bills will officially be without their superstar pass rusher for at least four weeks. The team placed linebacker Von Miller on injured reserve due to a knee injury he suffered in the team's Week 12 28-25 Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions.

Miller exited in the second quarter of Thursday's game after 20 snaps. Miller avoided the dreaded ACL tear, but the injury to his already previously surgically-repaired knee is concerning enough to shut him down for a month or more. Miller tore his ACL once before in his 2013 season with the Denver Broncos.

Unfortunately, Miller's absence will coincide with arguably the most crucial portion of the Bills' schedule. After Thursday Night Football's road game against the New England Patriots, the Bills host the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in consecutive weeks. The three games against their AFC East rivals will go a long way toward settling the division standings ahead of the playoffs. All four teams sport winning records through 12 weeks.

Miller joined the Bills earlier this year on a six-year, $120 million deal after winning a Super Bowl last year with the Los Angeles Rams. An eight-time Pro Bowler and the Super Bowl 50 MVP, he is likely a first-ballot Hall of Famer as well as a crucial piece in the Bills' pass rush rotation. The Bills will hope to have him back for the postseason so he can continue to work his recent magic: Miller has notched nine sacks across his last seven playoff appearances, all of which were wins.

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