Stevie Johnson Injury: Updates on Bills Star's Thigh

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IINovember 5, 2012

Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver (13) Stevie Johnson against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bills defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson suffered a bruised thigh in his team’s 21-9 loss to the Houston Texans.'s Chris Brown quoted head coach Chan Gailey speaking on WGR 550—a Buffalo sports radio station—saying the following on Johnson’s condition:

He got hit in the thigh. He’s got a bad thigh bruise is what happened to him. He played through it and it depends on how much it swells and how much of it drains into the lower part of his leg. All of those kinds of things play into how he’ll be for this week.

UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 11:31 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be active for the Buffalo Bills today vs. the New England Patriots in Foxboro, according to the team's official Twitter account

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 8 at 3:29 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

After putting a brief scare into fans by missing practice Wednesday, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was back to full practice on Thursday, according to Chris Brown of

"Kyle Williams and Stevie Johnson were both participating in practice. Both sat out Wednesday’s practice."

This is mostly in line with everything we've heard this week. Look for Johnson to suit up on Sunday against the New England Patriots and feel free to deploy him in your fantasy lineups as you regularly would.


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 6 at 8:37 a.m. ET 

Great news for Bills fans and fantasy owners as Stevie Johnson (thigh) is expected to play in Week 10, according to head coach Chan Gailey per's Chris Brown.

...All indications are he [Stevie Johnson] should be ready for this Sunday’s road game at New England.

'He may not be able to practice Wednesday, but he should be okay for this weekend,' said head coach Chan Gailey Monday.

Appearing on his weekly radio show on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550, Johnson indicated he'll be good to go come Sunday.

'I’ll probably sit out Wednesday (practice), do a little bit Thursday and then more on Friday and come out and play on Sunday,' said Johnson. 'It’s not a torn groin so I’ll be back. I’ll be ready.'


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Johnson caught three of the seven passes thrown to him in the game for 29 yards. The 26-year-old is the team’s leading receiver with 35 catches for 416 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Both Johnson and the Bills faced high expectations heading into 2012, but neither is on pace to fully live up the billing.

The Bills made a splash in free agency to revamp their defense in hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. But at 3-5, they are tied with the New York Jets for last place in the AFC East. 

Johnson is coming off consecutive seasons in which he has recorded 1,000 receiving yards. At the halfway mark, he is not on pace to keep his streak alive, and reaching this milestone again will be even more difficult if he has to miss time. 

In a wide-open conference, Buffalo certainly has a chance to turn its season around, but it will need improved play on both sides of the ball. Going forward, the team will rely on Johnson—its top receiving threat—to bring balance to the offense and open up space for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

Check back to this page for updates on Johnson’s condition going forward.