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Injury Analysis: Jeff Stotts' Column on Player Health

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

The Bills rookie receiver has been shooting up draft boards after impressing in training camp and preseason action. However Watkins took an awkward hit in Saturday's preseason loss to the Steelers forcing him to miss the remainder of the game. He is currently listed as day-to-day after suffering what is believed to be bruised ribs. However, Buffalo has not officially released a diagnosis, remaining tight-lipped about the injury. While Watkins has had multiple tests performed, the club could be seeking additional information before allowing their top pick back on the field.

When a rib injury occurs an x-ray is often the first set of images taken. However given the small size of each individual rib and several limitations with the machine itself, rib fractures are sometimes missed. In certain cases an x-ray will only uncover a fracture after the healing process has begun and new bone growth is visible. Buffalo could instead opt for a

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