BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Bills star pass rusher Von Miller exuded positivity in a video message to fans recorded from his hospital bed following season-ending ACL surgery and posted to social media on Wednesday.

“I’m good, man,” Miller said. “I’ll be right back, man. Mentally, I couldn’t be in a better spot. And I think that’s the majority of it. Don’t feel sorry for me, don’t say ‘I hate it for you,’ none of that stuff, because I am good!”

“I’m excited for the opportunity to show my teammates how tough I am, how hard I work, and how (much) this means to me. I love you guys and I appreciate you guys. All love and respect. Don’t blink, baby.”

Miller’s season is over, the Bills announced Wednesday, a day after he had surgery in Texas to repair what general manager Brandon Beane described as being “a mostly to fully torn” anterior cruciate ligament.

“It was a full ACL repair,” Beane said. “And I’m confident he can play in 2023.”

Upon seeking multiple medical opinions, Beane said the team and Miller decided upon having arthroscopic surgery in part to determine the full extent of the damage after initial tests revealed a tear in Miller’s lateral meniscus.

“We were hopeful that it was a scope to clean the meniscus up and any scar tissue in there,” Beane said. “But unfortunately when he went in there yesterday, (the doctor) decided that it would not be stable enough, it would not hold up.”

Rather than measuring Miller’s recovery in weeks, as Beane had hoped a week after placing the player on injured reserve, the 33-year-old is now projected to miss about nine months, leaving his status uncertain for the start of next season.

“Very unfortunate situation for Von, obviously, and our team,” coach Sean McDermott said. “We care for him, obviously, like we would any player. We know how much this means to him in terms of playing and being with the team. … And we’re certainly thinking about him as he recovers here.”

The news is a major setback for the AFC-leading Bills (9-3), who have won three straight and host their AFC East rival New York Jets (7-5) on Sunday.

“We’re extremely, we’re truly sad for him. We’re a better team when he’s playing, there’s no doubt about that,” said quarterback Josh Allen, who spoke to Miller after his operation. “We wish he was out there with us, and we’re praying for him. But the only way is forward. Guys are going to step up and as collective leaders come together and diminish his absence as much as possible.”

The Bills made a major splash in March by upgrading their middling pass rush by signing Miller to a six-year contract in free agency. Miller is the NFL’s active leader in sacks with 123 1/2 and he leads the Bills with eight this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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