It looks like the Buffalo Bills are going to get some reinforcements on their defense, and it will be a big addition. Star pass rusher Von Miller is expected to begin practicing with the team this week for the first time this season with hopes of being on the field sooner rather than later.
Let’s take a closer look at the timeline and when we can expect Miller to appear on the field for the Bills in 2023.
What Is Von Miller’s Timeline To Return?
Miller is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and will miss his fourth game to start the season on Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Bills. Starting Monday, the team has a five-week period to allow the eight-time Pro Bowler to resume practicing, and it looks like that will be the plan for the star defensive player.
While this is good news for Miller and the team, the Bills are still unsure of a specific timetable for Miller, who did not practice throughout the summer or at all since Thanksgiving. Buffalo wants to see what type of shape Miller is in and will be cautious as they bring back the veteran linebacker before inserting him back into the lineup.
How Long Has Von Miller Been Out For?
Miller was last on a football field on Thanksgiving of last season, where he tore his ACL during the game — costing him the rest of the season.
ACLs are a lengthy recovery that can take anywhere from 8-12 months to heal properly in most cases. It depends on the type of tear, the rehab, and the surgery performed to determine just how quickly a player is able to come back from the tough injury.
What Does This Mean for the Bills’ Defense?
For the Bills, adding a pass rusher of Miller’s skill and pedigree is going to pay off huge, especially as the season goes on and they head into the playoffs.
Rushing the passer is one of the most important keys to winning, and when you have a player of Miller’s caliber being added to the mix, it can only elevate your defense.
Just when he will make his debut is the question, but it does seem like Miller will be back much sooner rather than later.