AFC East edge: Von Miller on the shelf the first four games
The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that star edge rusher Von Miller has been placed on the reserve/Pup list to start the 2023 NFL season.
With this move, Miller will have to miss a minimum of four games before he would be eligible to be activated back to the 53-man roster. This also means the 34-year-old veteran won’t get an opportunity against Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets when the two AFC East rivals square off on Week 1.
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That would’ve been an interesting battle watching Miller tee off in pursuit of Rodgers, but that will have to wait till later in the season. Prior to the decision by the team on Tuesday, Miller was optimistic on facing the Jets to kick off the 2023 NFL season.
"“I want to be ready for Week 1 versus the Jets. Aaron Rodgers, Monday Night Football,” Miller said in the offseason. “But at the same time, I’m not in control of that. I’m going to do everything I can physically, mentally, emotionally to be ready for that. But if it’s not the first week of the season, then it won’t be any longer than Week 6, for sure.”"
With the Bills offense and depth at the edge rush position, the team can get by without Miller through the early part of the season, but as he proved last season, the defensive star makes that defense that much better when he is healthy and creating havoc in opposing team’s backfields.
Although they would love to have him for all 17 games and beyond, having him 100 percent when he does return is the greater benefit for the Buffalo Bills.