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Buffalo Bills were relatively healthy for the 2017 season

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Compared to years past, the Bills didn't have many long-term injuries

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In the 2017 season, the Buffalo Bills had just one starter miss over 10 games as Cordy Glenn missed 11 games on the year. For the rest of the season, most of the team stayed relatively healthy. Aside from Glenn, only Jordan Matthews, Shaq Lawson, and Andre Holmes were starters that the team put on injured reserve.

Glenn battled a foot/ankle injury for the most of the season. He missed the last nine games when he was put on injured reserve after missing back-to-back games in the middle of the season. He also missed the Wild Card game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Matthews missed the last five games of the season, including the Wild Card game, when he was put on injury reserve due to a knee injury he had surgically repaired. He also missed two games in the middle of a season for his knee injury and a minor thumb injury that also required surgery. During the preseason he dealt with a chipped sternum but didn’t miss any regular season games with the injury.

Lawson missed the last five games of the season due to an ankle injury. That also included the Wild Card game in Jacksonville. Lawson was also sidelined with a minor groin injury for just one game in the beginning of the season.

Andre Holmes is the last of the four starters to miss multiple games. Holmes was healthy for the majority of the season. He didn't show up on the injury report until the last three games of the season, when he was put on injured reserve due to a neck injury.

While cornerback E.J. Gaines did not end the year on injured reserve, he did miss multiple games throughout the season. He managed to start 11 games for the Bills, although he left a bunch of those starts with a variety of injuries. Gaines has never played all 16 games in a season in his career.

Good health is the key to success, and the Bills were able to break their nearly two decades-long playoff drought as a result of theirs.