Marquise Goodwin bristles at the notion of being injury prone.
The mounting evidence, however, is making it difficult to convince the court of public opinion.
Goodwin is likely to miss his second straight game Sunday when the Buffalo Bills play the New York Jets because of a hamstring injury. If he does, he’ll have sat out three of Buffalo’s first eight games – he also missed a Week Four loss in Houston because of a concussion.
“I’m a little frustrated, but at the end of the day, that’s just part of the game we play,” Goodwin said. There is a “100 percent injury rate. We’re the only sport that’s like that. There’s not much too much, really, I can do about it. Being frustrated is not really going to help me get better, so I’m just going to try to move past it.”
Goodwin has been mostly a non-factor in the Bills’ offense, with just one catch for 42 yards. That one reception, though – a deep ball on a go route down the right sideline against Detroit -- showed the explosiveness he provides when healthy.
“You miss the element of being on the outside and being able to clear things out,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “We still have some guys with speed out there … but with Marquise you miss that guy that can take the top off of a defense.”
Goodwin also missed four games as a rookie last year.
“I think it’s tough for any player. Availability is a big thing,” Marrone said. “It’s very difficult, especially when they occur early in your career, to continue to get better and better.
“It’s almost like when those things happen – I don’t want to say you start back at square one – but there’s definitely a move back before you can start working to move forward. He’s definitely frustrated with it. … One of the things that’s not a secret that you talk with players about all the time is availability. He hasn’t been available as often as he would like to be or as we would like him to be.”
Goodwin likely being out Sunday also will force the Bills to adjust on special teams. He would have served as the team’s kick returner with C.J. Spiller going on short-term injured reserve, but now the team will pick from three candidates mentioned by Marrone – receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins, or cornerback Leodis McKelvin.
“I can only worry about myself. I can't really worry about what people say or think about me,” Goodwin said. “People may think I'm prone to injury or whatever, but like I said, it's just the sport we play. It'll happen. All I can do is just try to work through it.”
Goodwin was joined by running back Fred Jackson (groin) and linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) as non-participants at today’s practice.
Limited were safety Aaron Williams (neck) and receiver Marcus Easley (knee), while defensive end Mario Williams (thumb), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) and Watkins (groin) were full participants.