Teams are trying to trim their roster ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. To get to the magical number, the Buffalo Bills announced that edge rusher Von Miller will start the 2023 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning he'll sit out the first four weeks and will make his season debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
Miller an ACL injury last November and went on to miss seven games, five in the regular season and two in the playoffs. He then got surgery to repair it in January and said he would be a full-go for the opener. However, he isn't 100 percent yet, which is why Buffalo chose to pace him on PUP.
In fact, Buffalo signed pass rusher Leonard Floyd earlier this year. In retrospect, this might have been an early sign that Miller's recovery wasn't going as originally anticipated. Still, the Bills are better off not thrusting the All-Pro edge rusher onto the field before he's fully healthy.
Miller, the second overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Denver Broncos, has made eight Pro Bowls and earned three First-Team All-Pro selections. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 2021 and signed a six-year deal worth $120 million with the Bills last year. Before he got hurt last season, he had registered eight sacks in 11 games, showing he's still got plenty of gas left in the tank.
Von Miller will make his 2023 debut vs. the Jaguars in Week 5
The London matchup against the Bills is one of the Jaguars' most important games of the 2023 season. They won the AFC South and the playoffs last year. Beating them would show they belong in the upper echelon in the conference. However, it won't be an easy task.
Josh Allen is coming off a somewhat underwhelming campaign but he's previously shown he can play at an elite level. Containing him will be tough, and there's a chance that Jacksonville will need to get into a shootout to keep up with them. The issue is that the Bills' defensive front is loaded with talent.
In Week 5, they'll welcome Miller back but Floyd has been a productive player throughout his career. Similarly, Greg Rousseau, AJ Epenesa, and Ed Oliver could give the Jaguars' offensive line fits.
Working in Jacksonville's favor is that they'll get reinforcements of their own. In Week 5, Cam Robinson will be reinstated from his four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Barring any injuries, the Jags' offensive line is capable of containing the Bills' pass rush and keep Trevor Lawrence upright.
The Jags upset the Bills back in 2021 but they've undergone several changes since then. That game was a low scoring effort and this could turn, and it's hard to tell how this one will play out. One thing is sure, having to go against a healthy Von Miller won't make things easy for the Jaguars.