Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stevie fractured back trying to prove he works out


Some things are just better left alone.

The back "strain" Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was diagnosed with earlier this offseason actually turned out to be a slight fracture, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. But it's how Johnson fractured it that's even more intriguing. (photo: Doug Kerr, Flickr)

In February, Johnson took some heat for telling Jim Rome that he never bothered with the team's recommended offseason workout regimen until this year. So Johnson and the Bills wanted to prove Johnson did in fact take his offseason preparation seriously.

The Bills compiled a video to be posted on their website of Johnson working out in March, and as Johnson told Graham, it was then that he injured his back -- specifically while "doing a power-rope exercise."

See what happens when he gets too Serious?

"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."

Lesson learned -- let the guy do his thing.

Johnson, the team's No. 1 wideout, twisted his ankle on the first day of OTAs and is now treading lightly through the offseason so he'll be 100 percent when he lines up for snaps that count. He's battled injury issues in the past but hasn't let them keep him out of any games over the past three years.

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