Stevie Johnson Injury: Updates on Bills WR's Hamstring
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury this preseason.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19
From the Associated Press:
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will return to the field Saturday against the Washington Redskins.
Johnson, battling a left hamstring injury, had extensive work on the practice field Monday during a morning workout. After the practice, Johnson said he was anxious to test the leg in live action against an opposing team.
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com has the latest on Stevie Johnson:
On the positive side of the ledger Stevie Johnson and Brad Smith returned to the practice setting from their hamstring injuries. Both Smith and Johnson participated in individual position drills and each got a couple of reps in 7-on-7...
... 'I was happy to see Stevie Johnson out here,' said [Bills head coach Doug] Marrone. 'He had good work. I’m not going to play him in this upcoming game, but again it was great to see him out there along with Brad Smith.'
Smith is closer to a full return than Johnson and has an outside chance to play Friday night. They’re hoping to have Johnson back full go sometime next week, but that’s not a guarantee.'
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news on Aug. 2:
On #Bills WR Stevie Johnson: An MRI revealed a hamstring strain. No time table, but sounds like something to be managed going forward— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 2, 2013
Although it remains to be seen whether the injury will limit Johnson down the road once the regular season kicks off, the Bills have to be somewhat concerned. According to NBC Sports Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, "the assumption is that he'll miss most of the preseason."
Johnson, 27, signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract extension in March 2012 after recording back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the AFC East club.
The San Francisco native has played in all 16 regular-season games in each of the past three seasons for the Bills, proving to be among the most durable wideouts in today's game. In addition to playing week in and week out, Johnson has thrived as Buffalo's No. 1 option in the passing game, recording more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past three seasons.
Johnson has led Buffalo in receiving in each of the past three seasons and has racked up 249 receptions for 3,235 yards and 25 touchdowns for his NFL career.
A former seventh-round draft pick in 2008, Johnson caught 61 passes for 1,052 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final season with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2007 before going on to be named a member of the First Team All-SEC.
Johnson is under contract with the Bills through the 2016 season and is set to make $2.5 million this year before his signing bonus is factored in, according to Spotrac.com.
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