If you’re paying attention to recent camp reports, the Bills offense is humming. The king of leg cleavage has been leading the summer’s aerial assault. However, reports are surfacing that the QB room’s depth was on display in recent practices as well. This may come off as clout chasing, but maybe Jake Fromm looks good in shorts too.
Anyways, let’s get into the latest injury news…
DE Jerry Hughes
Jerry entered training camp with a “calf strain”. This caused the team to place him on the NFI (Non-Football Injury and Illness) List. Jerry falls under this designation because he sustained this injury outside of team practices or games. Essentially, Jerry cannot practice while on the list. However, he can come off it at any time. In the event he cannot return to action by cut-down day, Jerry would be placed on the Reserve-NFI List. This would require him to sit out a minimum of the first 6 weeks of the season.
There is currently no report on the date of injury. Jerry could’ve sustained it as early as OTAs or as recently as move-in day. These factors play a role in knowing where Jerry is at in terms of his rehab. What we do know is the healing timelines of strains, which is usually 2-6 weeks. It should be safe to assume Jerry will at least be back by the season opener.
However, it is important to note calf strains can get tricky. They are easily aggravated, with advanced age and previous calf injury as high predictors (1). Jerry has both. At this point, with little information on the injury, we’ll just have to wait and see.
LT Dion Dawkins and G Ike Boettger
These players were placed on the list one week ago, at the start of camp. Assuming they had a positive test on 7/28, they would be eligible to return ten days later, which would be 8/7. See the flow chart below for NFL’s current policy on return to play after a positive COVID test.
Furthermore, Brandon Beane expects both players to return this week. Beane previously mentioned that both were “breakthrough” cases, which means they tested positive despite being vaccinated. Luckily, it appears the virus has not spread as of yet.
Green B, Pizzari T. Calf muscle strain injuries in sport: a systematic review of risk factors for injury. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Aug;51(16):1189-1194. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-097177. Epub 2017 Mar 4. PMID: 28259848.