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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Branden Oliver's comeback defies doctors' prognosis

The Achilles tendon rupture that ended Brandon Oliver's 2016 season should've also ended his professional career.

“Every doctor I came in contact with told me I shouldn’t be able to play again, because of the way it snapped,” Oliver said. “Even the doctors were saying they never saw it snap like that. It was like a rubber band. You could see it moving in my leg. It’s on YouTube. You see it pop and go up and down a couple times.”

But Oliver, the former standout UB running back, has rehabbed his way back to health and wants another shot at the NFL. He is currently averaging 4.5 yards per carry with Salt Lake City in the AAF.

Oliver's agent, Harold Lewis, said that while some clients turned up their nose at the developmental league, Oliver was happy for the opportunity: "When I mentioned it to Branden, he said, ‘H, that sounds great. I’d love to go there and help rebuild my career and help some young players and show them what I know.’ He’s such a team guy, a humble person, he’s just a great kid."

One-on-One Coverage with Mike Mamula: You may have known the Lackawanna star was a first-round draft pick. But I hadn't realized the Eagles traded up to draft him while the Buccaneers moved back and selected Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks.



Bills draft picks revealed: The NFL announced the complete NFL Draft order on Friday. The Bills didn't receive any compensatory picks, though none were expected.


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