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EJ Manuel battled knee injuries, three to be exact, throughout his rookie season, and the troubles had started almost immediately in preseason. First, he had to have minor surgery in training camp to reduce swelling in his knee, which forced him to miss the final two weeks of preseason.
The first-round pick was able to make it back for Week 1 and looked healthy before suffering his second knee injury in the matchup with the Browns. The last one came after the win over Jacksonville, which ended Manuel's season.
So why will 2014 be different?
Entering this season, he is going to be healthier than he was at any point last year. This offseason he has been working with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun, who recently told FoxSports.com that he believed Manuel was "never 100 percent" last season: "When you have an injury, you start to compensate on other body parts so you don’t have to feel as much pain. I think that had a lot to do with it. Now he’s coming in completely healthy, I think he’ll see the results."
The Bills are going to need Manuel to stay healthy the entire season for this offense to flourish. The offseason work that he has done to this point should help him to shed the label of "injury-prone."