Since the Buffalo Bills saw their season come to an end in the Wild Card round, four key members of the team have successfully undergone offseason surgeries.
Defensive end Jerry Hughes (wrist), defensive tackle Ed Oliver (core muscle), guard Jon Feliciano (shoulder) and tackle Cody Ford (shoulder) each had surgeries on their assorted injuries shortly after the Bills (10-6) were eliminated by the Houston Texans in a Wild Card clash.
Hughes admitted that he played the 2019 season while dealing with torn ligaments in his wrist, while it was widely reported that Feliciano suffered his shoulder injury during the team’s training camp at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, N.Y.
In his first season with the Bills, Feliciano saw action at right guard and also at center, taking 89 percent of Buffalo’s offensive snaps. He appeared in and started all 16 games as one of the most valuable members of the offensive line.
Feliciano last appeared on the team’s official injury report in Week 15, when he missed time due to an illness.
Ford, Buffalo’s second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, appeared in all 16 games (15 starts) at right tackle. He was on the field for nearly 70 percent of the Bills’ offensive snaps. Ford’s name never appeared on the injury report this year for the shoulder injury.
Hughes appeared in and started all 16 games, recording 4.5 sacks to go with 23 total tackles (six for a loss), nine quarterback hits, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He last appeared on the team’s official injury report in Week 12 when he was dealing with a groin injury.
We will be back 2020 season!! pic.twitter.com/TClGV47QoQ— Jerry hughes Jr (@Iam_jerryhughes) January 7, 2020
Oliver, who was tabbed by the Bills with the No. 9 overall selection out of the University of Houston, was named to the Pro Football Writers’ Association’s All-Rookie team after finishing with five sacks while appearing in all 16 games for the Bills.
Oliver made seven starts and finished with 43 total tackles (24 solo and 19 assisted) with eight quarterback hits, five tackles for a loss, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. He never appeared on an injury report.