We made it everyone! Week 1 is officially here, and I could not be any more excited. To me, there is nothing better than Buffalo Bills football and the NFL. Excitement levels are high, as are expectations. This Buffalo Bills team has no excuse and playoffs are an absolute must with this roster, coaching staff, and management.
Last year, we all know the team finished with a 10-6 record and would have most likely been 11-5 if the starters played the full game. What was so important last year to their success was the team’s overall health. An NFL team is never going to go a full season without bumps and bruises, and the team did lose some guys (H. Phillips, T. Nsekhe, D. Singletary, T. Kroft, L. Wallace, and others) to injury that cost them multiple games. Other players may have played the entire season but did so through injuries (J. Hughes, C. Ford, J. Feliciano) that required offseason surgeries. If the team is going to be successful again this season, they are going to need to stay relatively healthy and utilize their incredible training and rehabilitation facility.
As the start of the 2020 season is days away, the team is looking pretty healthy overall once again. The players deserve a ton of credit for taking care of their bodies during the offseason as well as in training camp. There are many factors that relate to the health and maintenance of professional athletes that include proper stretching before and after workouts as well as nutrition. Feeding your body the vitamins and nutrients it craves plays a vital role in the maintenance of the body’s health as well as the healing of bone and soft tissue injuries. The Bills’ training facility is state of the art and the best in the league as well is their culinary staff and food programs the players adhere to. Let’s take a look at the Bills and the rest of the league’s injuries heading into week 1:
Injuries around the league:
If you look around the rest of the league, many teams are dealing with multiple injuries and some big names have been victims of unfortunate injuries that no one wants to see happen. For example, we have seen the following injuries already: Derwin James and Mike Williams (LAC), AJ Green (CIN), Deebo Samuel (SF), Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims (NYJ), Kenyan Drake (ARZ), Brandin Cooks (HOU), Tyrell Williams and Damon Arnette (LV), Damien Harris (NE), Grant Delpit (CLE) and recently Von Miller (DEN). These are just some of the injuries we’ve seen, as I only touched on the big named guys. Now, some of these players listed will miss the 2020 season and some will return at some point, even week 1. Obviously, losing star players has significant impacts on the success of their team, especially key guys like Derwin James and Von Miller.
The Buffalo Bills:
Going into week 1, the known injuries the team has been dealing with for the past week include Josh Norman (hamstring), Levi Wallace (hamstring), Vernon Butler (hamstring), and Quinton Spain (foot). The team also has Jon Feliciano (chest) and Isaiah Hodgins (shoulder) on IR, who are available to return after week 3. At this point, I’d expect everyone on the active roster to be ready for week 1 as everyone has been practicing in some sort of capacity. However, Damon Talbot of NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds on twitter), who is a very reliable source, reported a couple of days ago that the team is more worried about Wallace and Norman’s health than is being reported by the team, and Brandon Beane has been exploring the idea of bringing in some CB’s for workouts in case one or both of these guys were to miss some time.
If the Bills can duplicate their management of injuries and the ability to avoid major catastrophes, there is no reason this team can’t win the division and even a playoff game at “Bills Stadium”.
Stay safe and wear a mask everyone!