Buffalo Bills' Receiver Stevie Johnson Had Back Fracture; Reason for Concern?

By Andrew Fisher
Stevie Johnson
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The Buffalo Bills are going to need all hands on deck to have any chance of competing for a playoff spot this upcoming season. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is very key to the team’s success, as he’s led the club in receiving yards, each of the past three seasons. But the wide out has been bothered by a bad back as of late, and it turns out, there was a lot more going on than just a strain.

Johnson recently underwent an MRI on his back, which ended up revealing a fracture.

“It got to the point where, ‘It’s got to be something more than a strain or something’ because every time I sit down it’s hurting. Every time I stand up it’s hurting. I lay down, it’s hurting. I went through rehab and it wasn’t helping. So I got the MRI, and it was a slight fracture.”

The WR reportedly injured his back while making a workout video for the Bills’ website back in March.

Even though this sounds pretty serious, it shouldn’t be an issue for Johnson going forward. He’s already returned to OTAs, and this back injury was more of a reveal, than anything else. Still, you can’t guarantee that it won’t affect him in the future.

Buffalo will be counting on Johnson to once again top the 1,000-yard mark in 2013, and all signs are that he’ll be healthy and ready to go for training camp. It will be interesting to see if he picks up right where he left off with the team’s new quarterbacks.


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