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Bills GM Brandon Beane on Von Miller's status: 'We'll follow the lead of the NFL'

Bills GM Brandon Beane meets with the media on Dec. 6, 2023 at One Bills Drive.
Bills GM Brandon Beane meets with the media on Dec. 6, 2023 at One Bills Drive.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane spoke with the local media in Buffalo Wednesday morning and provided an update on Von Miller's status with the team.

Beane detailed that the Bills organization was made aware last Thursday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Von Miller for accusations of domestic assault. Miller turned himself in to the Glenn Heights Police Department in Dallas and he was released after posting bond.

No formal charges have been filed against Miller and the linebacker is back in Buffalo as the team prepares to face the Chiefs in Week 14.

"There's not a lot that I can say. Von is here to be a part of the team," Beane said. "We'll let the investigation and we'll follow the lead of the NFL from that standpoint."

Beane said the Bills do not expect Miller to be placed on the Commissioner-Exempt list and anticipate him to be available to play Sunday against the Chiefs. The GM outlined the protocol of communication for these types of situations and the level of involvement from the league when making decisions on Miller's status with the team.

"If you've had a player that's been arrested or something that had an incident, or a staff, anyone, you have to report it to the league, and then there's a policy in place there depending on what it is," Beane shared. "(The NFL) obviously put their people on top of it and then communicate back to us the course of action."

Based on the feedback Beane has gotten from the NFL since last week, the team feels comfortable with Miller returning to Buffalo to be part of the team moving forward.

"Listen, you never want anyone in your organization, no matter what organization you're in, to have an allegation like that. That's a very serious nature and something that we would definitely … we're gonna take every precaution with," Beane said. "Culture and character and all those things are super important. But we also have to remember we have to let the legal process play out. The guy that we've known here for a year and a half, that seems out of character."

At this stage, the Bills are not expecting any charges to be filed against Miller based on their conversations with the league office.

"We're in constant communication with them and they would let us know, but my most recent conversation, that was not anticipated," Beane said.

If any more information were to come to light from the investigation, Beane explained that the organization would act accordingly.

"We'll follow the lead of those people and let them do their jobs. And we'll take the information and truly in my seat or Terry Pegula, Sean McDermott, we're just trying to do the right thing," he said.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday during his weekly press conference that Miller will have a veteran rest day and won't practice Wednesday. The day off was a pre-planned schedule in an effort to manage Miller's workload in the final part of the season.

"They are separate situations altogether," McDermott said. "Von will practice in full tomorrow."

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