One of the Super Bowl favorites in the NFL just received a brutal blow to its chances of winning it all.
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday that star pass-rusher Von Miller will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL.
Miller injured his knee during a Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions.
The Bills initially believed that Miller had avoided any damage to his ACL. While he was placed on injured reserve, the team expressed optimism that Miller would be able to return this season.
However, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McDermott said that Miller underwent exploratory surgery on Tuesday and doctors found that his ACL did, in fact, require repair.
"A major change for the Bills," Rapoport tweeted. "Coach Sean McDermott announces that Von Miller did have exploratory surgery yesterday and they ended up repairing his ACL. He's out for the season."
The 33-year-old Miller had been playing at a high level this year, his first with the Bills. Through 11 games, he had logged a team-high eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
Miller tore the same ACL in 2013. The Bills have not yet provided an update about whether the latest injury could impact his availability for next season.
Miller, who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos and won a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams a year ago, signed a six-year deal with the Bills prior to this season worth $120 million.
Here's hoping he makes a full recovery and is back to sacking quarterbacks by next season.