Buffalo Bills‘ wide receiver Steve Johnson what he though was a “minor back injury” in the early offseason. Instead, it wound up being a fractured vertebra. He continued to practice though, after receiving a cortisone shot and an epidural.
“It got to the point where, ‘It’s got to be something more than a strain or something’ because every time I sit down it’s hurting,” Johnson said. “Every time I stand up it’s hurting. I lay down, it’s hurting. I went through rehab and it wasn’t helping.
“So I got the MRI, and it was a slight fracture.”
… “I try not to miss a game,” Johnson said. “You never know how long you’ll be here.
… “I don’t want to be stupid about it. There probably was one game I was stupid about playing through an injury, and that was the Houston Texans game last year. I got kneed in my thigh on a slant early in the game, and it was bad.
Apparently he suffered the injury during a power-rope exercise that he was filming for fans. Congratulations, Johnson. You not only reminded fans that they’re out of shape in the video, but managed to make them question their pain threshold. I have a feeling pepto-bismol is not acceptable in the Bills’ locker room. Not cool.
Pretty sure the next video we see coming out of the Buffalo’s camp will be E.J. Manuel successfully completing the cinnamon challenge. Go hard, Bills.