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Buffalo Bills Announces Official Injury Decision On Von Miller

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On a Tuesday night episode of his podcast titled "The VonCast," Bills' edge rusher Von Miller told listeners that he suffered knee damage in Buffalo's Thanksgiving Day victory against the Detroit Lions. 

Despite claiming that the injury "could have been better and could have been worse," Miller initially hoped to return to the field before Buffalo's Week 14 clash with the New York Jets. 

Based on a Thursday afternoon update from NFL insider Ian Rapoport, however, that timeline longer appears possible.  

Miller was placed on injured reserve by the Bills today, which means he'll be required to miss Buffalo's next four games and will first become eligible to return in Week 17 against Cincinnati. 

"Von Miller had said his hope was to return vs. the Jets on Dec. 11. That was clearly too optimistic. But there is still a belief from Miller that he plays again this season," Rapoport tweeted Thursday. 

Before suffering the knee injury in Week 12, Miller was in the midst of another highly productive season in terms of rushing the passer. 

Miller, through 11 games in 2022, currently ranks 12th-best in the NFL in sacks with 8.0. Additionally, the Bills edge rusher also has one forced fumble and 10 tackles for loss to his credit this season. 

As a free agent this past offseason, Miller inked a six-year, $120M deal with Buffalo after spending his 2021 campaign with the Rams and Broncos. The Broncos, who drafted Miller 2nd overall in 2011, traded him to Los Angeles before last season's deadline for a second and third-round pick. 

The Rams ultimately couldn't come to a long-term agreement with Miller after last season, granting the pass rusher the ability to sign with a team of his choosing. 

Buffalo, 8-3, will travel to Foxborough tonight to take on AFC East rival New England on Thursday Night Football.