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Stevie Johnson’s back injury was slight fracture to L-5 vertabra

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Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson missed time during voluntary workouts this spring with what was described as a back strain, but Johnson says the injury was actually a bit more serious.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Johnson said Thursday that the injury was actually a fractured L-5 vertebra. Johnson said he suffered the injury while doing a power-rope exercise for a video on the Bills website about his workout regimen. The video was meant as a response to criticism Johnson received about comments he made about only playing basketball and running to prepare for a season.

“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.”

Johnson is back on the field now after tweaking his ankle in an early attempt to get on the field after the fracture, which has been treated with a cortisone shot and epidural. The receiver hasn’t missed a game since the 2009 season and was able to resume practicing this spring, so he should be fine for training camp and the season as long as the Bills don’t have any more video ideas kicking around.

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10 Responses to “Stevie Johnson’s back injury was slight fracture to L-5 vertabra”
  1. radioactivechimp says: Jun 13, 2013 1:25 PM

    So he got injured while doing a video to prove to the fans that he’s in good shape?

  2. michaeljacksonisback says: Jun 13, 2013 1:33 PM

    What a bust

  3. mintberrycrunch1 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:48 PM


    How is he a bust? That doesn’t make sense at all. Please explain.

  4. jbl429 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:56 PM

    mintberrycrunch1 says:
    Jun 13, 2013 1:48 PM

    How is he a bust? That doesn’t make sense at all. Please explain.


    don’t feed the trolls.

  5. pacopicopiedra says: Jun 13, 2013 2:07 PM

    An epidural (short for epidural steroid injection) is a “cortisone shot.” No one uses actual cortisone anymore, but the phrase “cortisone shot” has come to mean “anti-inflammatory steroid injection.” Not to be confused with “anabolic steroid injection.” And “epidural” is the location – it is a space in your spine that surrounds the nerves, spinal cord, and spinal fluid.

  6. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 13, 2013 2:17 PM

    NFLPA should address this at the next CBA. Gotta be some liability insurance for the players for injuries of this sort

  7. buddysguys says: Jun 13, 2013 2:26 PM

    best route runner in the league. could care less how he works out as long as he keeps up the 1,000 yd seasons and stays healthy.

  8. slick50ks says: Jun 13, 2013 3:55 PM


  9. jdphx says: Jun 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    “Slight” fracture?

    Kinda pregnant…

  10. catquick says: Jun 13, 2013 4:29 PM

    It’s always something with this guy. As a Bills fan, I’m glad he can play though

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