Bills’ Von Miller expects to avoid PUP list, attend training camp with ‘all healed’ ACL

Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) speaks to the media after NFL football practice in Orchard Park, NY, Tuesday, May 23, 2023. (AP/ Photo Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Bills passing thrower Von Miller says he’s ready to return to the field for training camp after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Thanksgiving Day last season. He also expects to avoid the physically unable to perform roster when the NFL season begins in September.

“I have good information from my doctor and my knee is all healed up,” Miller said via Buffalo News’ Ryan O’Halloran. “It’s all about me and the confidence I can have [over] the next three months.”

If Miller were to appear on the PUP roster at the season opener, he would have to miss a minimum of four games. Before the start of the 2022 season, he was reportedly forced to miss six games.

Miller’s previous recovery has heightened his expectations for a quick return. While his goal was to start Week 1 earlier this month, he has promised a Week 6 return at the latest, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

“You know I like guarantees,” he said. “It’s me, it’s Von.” I like guarantees. I want to play. In 2013, I had [ACL] operation in January and I played at the beginning of August in pre-season. So it took me about seven months, eight months.

Now, the eight-time Pro Bowler says he feels “comfortable” and has a “whole new perspective.” With his reshaped mindset, he focused on “transitioning into a football player and not just a guy rehabbing and strengthening my leg,” he said.

After the Bills signed Miller to a six-year, $120 million deal last offseason, he had eight sacks and 10 tackles for a loss in 11 games. With his updated recovery schedule, it looks like he’s set to reunite with former Los Angeles Rams teammate Leonard Floyd sooner than we thought.

Floyd, who has picked up at least nine sacks in each of his last three seasons, was signed with the Bills to a one-year deal worth an estimated $9 million on Tuesday.

It’s been a month of good news for Bills fans. The team also saw the full participation of security Damar Hamlin at the OTAs. He is months away from suffering cardiac arrest on the field when he was shot in the chest as he attempted to tackle Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.

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