Von Miller excited to join Rams' 'great defence' after trade from Broncos

Star linebacker Von Miller is headed West to join Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey with the Los Angeles Rams in a trade from Denver that surprised him. He's an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and seven-time AP All-Pro.

Bills seek funding deal for new stadium proposal and surgery for NFL rushing leader

A Super Bowl contender awaits Von Miller in Los Angeles, where the Broncos traded the star linebacker on Monday for a pair of 2022 draft picks. (Gary McCullough/Associated Press)

The trade began to hit Von Miller as he toddled past the photo gallery of great moments that decorate the Denver Broncos headquarters.

The featured shot is the one of him knocking the ball and, in effect, the Lombardi Trophy, from Cam Newton's grasp five years and nine months ago.

"Always have Super Bowl 50," a choked-up Miller said on a gray Monday morning in Englewood, Calif., as snowflakes danced into the black Cadillac Escalade's open back window and melted on his tie-dye hoodie.

"Seeing the pictures as I was walking out made me tear up."

Miller is no longer the face of the franchise in Denver.

The loquacious linebacker is headed West to join Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey with the Los Angeles Rams in a trade that surprised him.

"It's all kind of new," said Miller, who insisted he didn't ask out. "I'm on my way to L.A."

'Great team'

Where a Super Bowl contender awaits.

"Great team. Been a huge fan of Aaron Donald for a long time," Miller said. "They've got a great defence. Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Floyd, all these guys. I'm excited."

Two people familiar with the deal that wasn't immediately announced by either team told The Associated Press the Rams are sending the Broncos second- and third-round picks in the 2022 draft for the perennial Pro Bowler.

The Broncos also are picking up $9 million US of the $9.722 million left on his contract.

Miller's trophy case includes his Super Bowl 50 MVP award for leading Denver to a 24-10 win over heavily favoured Carolina following the 2015 season and 2011 NFL defensive rookie of the year honour.

He's an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, seven-time AP All-Pro and a member of the league's 2010s All-Decade team. And he's the Broncos' franchise leader with 110 1/2 sacks in the regular season and has another 6 1/2 in the playoffs.

Bills eye funding deal for new stadium

Though the Buffalo Bills' lease on their current stadium doesn't expire for 21 more months, time is running short on the team reaching a financing agreement with public officials on its proposal to build a new facility.

"If we get to January and there's no new deal done, you should really be concerned," Pegula Sports and Entertainment executive vice president Ron Raccuia told The Associated Press over the weekend. PSE is the Bills' parent company, with Raccuia overseeing stadium negotiations.

"We've pushed this back from our initial timeline to accommodate Gov. Hochul and her getting up to speed," he added, referring to Kathy Hochul, who took over when Andrew Cuomo resigned in August after an investigation concluded he sexually harassed 11 women.

"But we're all in alignment that we want this deal done by the end of the year."

What happens beyond that is uncertain.

Bills officials have maintained they are solely focused on reaching an agreement with state and county officials to help finance a proposed $1.4 billion, 60,000-plus seat stadium to be built across the street from their existing 48-year-old facility in Orchard Park. And yet, the threat of the team relocating remains a possibility even though it has not been raised in talks.

The time crunch is becoming an issue as the Bills seek clarity on their long-term future while also saying they have no interest in renewing the lease once it expires at the end of July 2023.

Having a deal in place by January would allow Hochul to include stadium funding in her budget proposal for approval in April. With Hochul up for election next fall, it's unlikely she will have time for negotiations while campaigning.

Titans' Derrick Henry set for surgery

NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry will have surgery Tuesday morning on his right foot, and head coach Mike Vrabel says the Tennessee Titans are not putting a timeline on when he will return.

Henry had tests Monday to check the severity of the injury after he finished a 34-31 overtime win in Indianapolis.

Vrabel said he knows Henry will do everything possible to work himself back to help the Titans (6-2). Vrabel said doctors will put a timeline on Henry's recovery and possible return, but he won't necessarily listen to that.

The Titans have nine games remaining this season including their bye Dec. 2. The defending AFC South champs hold a three-game lead and the tiebreaker inside their division.

The two-time NFL rushing champ went to the bench early in Sunday's game. He was shown on TV with his shoe off talking with trainers with 6:03 left in the first quarter before he returned. Henry finished with 28 carries for 68 yards and a 2.4-yard average that was his lowest this season. He played 54 of the 73 offensive snaps.

Vrabel said he thought about shutting down the 2020 AP NFL offensive player of the year Sunday. But he checked with the medical staff and Henry. The coach says he gives Henry a little leeway, believing the two-time Pro Bowl running back has earned the right to help make that decision.

Saints QB Winston to miss rest of season

Saints quarterback Jameis Winston was diagnosed on Monday with torn knee ligaments that will end his season, head coach Sean Payton said.

Payton confirmed the extent of the injury, first reported by the NFL Network, following an MRI that showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damage to the medial collateral ligament in Winston's left knee.

Winston was injured early in the second quarter of New Orleans' 36-27 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. On the play, Winston was scrambling when he was pulled down from behind by linebacker Devin White, who was penalized for a horse-collar tackle.

Winston came to the Saints as a reserve to learn from Payton and Brees in 2020, after the Buccaneers allowed him to go into free agency so they could replace him with Tom Brady.

While the Bucs drafted Winston first overall in 2015, he was a mercurial performer early in his career, often canceling out highly productive stints with costly mistakes.

In 2019, he led the NFL with 5,109 yards and 33 TDs passing, but also led the league in interceptions with 30, and the Bucs missed the playoffs.

In New Orleans, Winston had focused on improving his coverage reads and decision-making, and his 14 touchdown passes against just three interceptions this season -- not to mention his winning record as a starter -- indicated he was making progress on that front.

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