Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been battling a back injury this offseason, but he was able to participate in Bills OTAs and became a full participant in practices later on during OTA sessions. Johnson suffered this back injury while participating in a workout video for the Bills official site (the best official site on the web), and we now know the type of injury he suffered.
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Johnson has a slight fracture to his L-5 vertebra, and Graham also informs us that Johnson has minor hand issues and is recovering from a twisted left ankle. It’s been a rough offseason for Johnson thus far, but the 2013 regular season should treat him well if E.J. Manuel can prove most of us wrong by being a success right off the bat.
Here is what Johnson told Graham,
“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.”
Stevie Johnson has not missed a game since the 2009 season, and he’s not going to miss any games because of this. Heck, he hasn’t miss time at minicamp, because he was back on the Bills practice field for minicamp workouts. The Bills gave Johnson a cortisone shot and an epidural to help him recover from the slightly fracture back, and it sounds like Johnson is full steam ahead.