The Rams’ acquisition of Von Miller has been heralded as the biggest deal of the season before the 2021 NFL commercial deadline, and rightfully so. Miller is a three-time AP All-Pro and one-time Super Bowl MVP who racked up 110.5 sacks – good for 36th-plus in NFL history – and should be a fearsome partner for perennial All-Pro defender Aaron Donald. .
However, fans of the Rams have yet to see it come to fruition. Miller is struggling with an ankle injury that has kept him out of his last game with the Broncos. It also caused him to miss out on his potential Rams debut against the Titans.
And heading towards the Rams’ week 10 tilt with the 49ers, it looks like Miller’s state is in the air again.
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Miller is officially listed as “questionable” for the Rams-49ers game on “Monday Night Football”, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams will not play Miller until they believe he is “almost completely healed”.
Why is Los Angeles so cautious?
“Miller’s ankle injury was worse than the Rams suspected when they bought him from the Broncos earlier this month for round two and three picks,” Schefter wrote. “The Rams kept Miller out of Sunday night’s game against the Titans and on Saturday they were undecided about his status against the 49ers.”
While Miller’s status is yet to be determined, Rams manager Sean McVay looked upbeat about his game during a press conference on Saturday.
“Unless there are setbacks, I expect Von to be ready to go”, McVay said.
However, the Rams’ cautious approach is delicate. After all, they are sitting at 7-2 for Monday night’s game. This marks the second best record in the NFL.
That said, it’s worth noting that they are behind the Cardinals’ mid-game (8-2) in the NFC West race. So while they may be well on their way to earning a playoff bid this season, they still need to do what they can to win now and keep up. Having Miller on hand would certainly help that cause.