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[BN] Blitz: Bills ranked among best in avoiding injuries in 2020

[BN] Blitz: Bills ranked among best in avoiding injuries in 2020

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Feb. 22, 2021

Cody Ford

Guard Cody Ford, pulling on a run play in the season opener against the New York Jets, missed nine games due to injury in 2020.

Clean Bills of health: Buffalo ranked fifth in fewest starters lost to injury

Stay healthy, win football games.

It's a relatively simple formula, but easier said than done for most teams ... except for the Bills of late.

After having the healthiest starting lineup during the 2019 season, the Bills lost the fifth fewest games by starters to injury last season, according to a Buffalo News study.

This rule (stay healthy, win) applies to every team but the Falcons apparently. Atlanta had the healthiest starting lineup in football but went 4-12.

Buffalo is the only team in the league to rank among the top 10 each of the past four years. The Bills lost just eight games by starters in 2019.

Mark Gaughan has the story on the Bills' good fortune.


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