Buffalo Bills star Stefon Diggs played through a torn oblique to help his club reach the AFC Championship Game, the wideout revealed this week.
In an Instagram post and subsequent tweet, Diggs said he tried to rely on his mental toughness to work past the injury and remain on the field in the playoffs. That included an AFC wild-card matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, an AFC divisional-round victory over the Baltimore Ravens and an AFC title game loss at Kansas City.
Diggs hauled in 20 of 31 targets for 311 yards and two touchdowns during the Bills' playoff run, posting just 77 yards against the Chiefs after surpassing the 100-yard mark in his previous two contests.
Diggs' tweet referred to teammate and fellow wideout Cole Beasley returning from a broken fibula late in the regular season to take the field in the playoffs.
It's unclear how Diggs' oblique injury has healed as the ailment was not previously mentioned at the end of the season. The Bills aren't expected to regroup for offseason workouts until the end of May, but whether or not Diggs will partake remains unannounced.
Players for nearly two dozen teams have stated their intention to skip offseason training activities this year, though the Bills are not among the cohort.
Diggs did appear on the Bills' injury report after Week 17 but told reporters the issue was no big deal.
“I’m cool, no major issues. Don’t believe everything you read,” Diggs said before the wild-card game. “I’m just messing. I’m all right though, big guy. Thanks for asking. … It’s only been around for a little while but I’m fine. I’ll be all right.”