Will Von Miller play tonight? Why the Rams big change deadline takeover is ready for ‘Sunday Night Football’


The Rams made the biggest move of the trade deadline when they acquired linebacker Von Miller from the Broncos. Los Angeles sent two draft picks to Denver in exchange for the eight-time Pro Bowler.

Los Angeles hopes Miller will give a boost to the team’s already strong passing career. The Rams were averaging 3.1 sacks per game entering Week 9, which is good for the second-highest mark in the NFL.

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However, Miller still won’t be able to. At least not in his first game since joining the Rams’ 53-man roster.

Miller will not be active for the Rams’ “Sunday Night Football” matchup against the Titans. Below is an explanation of why the veteran passing runner’s debut is delayed.

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Why isn’t Von Miller playing for Rams vs. Titans?

Miller is dealing with an ankle injury that will keep him out of “Sunday Night Football” against the Titans. Miller missed his last game as a Bronco while dealing with the injury and it lasted long enough that the Rams want to give him an extra week to recover.

Miller practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, but was out of practice Wednesday and Friday due to injury. Rams coach Sean McVay called it a game-time decision for “Sunday Night Football” on Friday.

“We are really going to use all this time that we have until the start,” McVay said at a press conference. “It’ll probably be closer to a game-time sort of decision for us.”

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That said, it doesn’t seem like this will sideline Miller in the long run. McVay said Miller is making “good progress” in his recovery.

“If you asked Von, I think he would say, ‘Hey, I’m feeling better, I’m progressing well.’ And that’s all you can really ask for, “said McVay, via SI.com.

As such, Miller should have a good chance to play Week 10 on “Monday Night Football” against the 49ers.


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