Buffalo Bills top wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin said Sunday that he will have surgery after the season to clean up a torn meniscus in his right knee. He has one year remaining on his contract.
Benjamin suffered the injury on Nov. 19 against the Los Angeles Chargers and missed the next two games. He was a game-time decision for Sunday's home finale against the Miami Dolphins but was able to play through the nagging injury, logging two receptions for 20 yards.
"As soon as the season's over, I'm having surgery on it," Benjamin said in the locker room after the Bills' 24-16 victory that kept their playoff hopes alive.
Most meniscus tears don't require surgery, NBC's sports medicine analyst told the News earlier this month. Only the outer rim of the meniscus receives enough blood flow to heal itself. So if the tear is located anywhere else, generally all a surgeon can do is trim the torn portion to make sure it doesn't get in the way.
“Just to have a meniscal tear does not mean you need to have surgery on it," said Mike Ryan, NBC's medical analyst who spent more than 30 years as an NFL athletic trainer. "And even if you did, a very small percentage of those are actually repairable. So when someone has surgery on the meniscus, the question is, did they trim it or did they repair it? Easily, nine of out 10 of them are going to be trimmed and not repaired."
Ryan compared a meniscus tear to a rip in the carpet.
"If you have a tear in the carpet and it’s right in front of the front door and every time you hit it, you trip on it and a flap gets loose and it starts tearing up and fraying, that’s a problem," he said. "But that very same tear over in the corner by the dresser that you may step on once a month is not a big deal."
The Carolina Panthers picked up the fifth-year option on Benjamin's rookie contract prior to trading him to the Bills on Oct. 31, which means the Bills have him under contract for one more season. Sunday was only the second time the Bills had both Benjamin and quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the field together at the same time.
"He was poised, man," Benjamin said of Taylor. "He was controlling the huddle, you know what I'm saying? Keeping everybody poised, working situations and making great throws. He was on point today."
Benjamin said Taylor is similar to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in his ability to extend plays.
"You have to keep working because 'T' can always come back and find you late," he said.
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