ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) — Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley hasn't been 100% since suffering an injury against New England in Week 16. Following the team's AFC Championship loss, we learned just how serious that injury was.
"I broke my fibula but it's nothing that needs to be surgically repaired," Beasley told reporters Monday. "It's not a full break. It was bad the first game I played, but after that, you just kind of take a few meds and suck it up."
Beasley was injured in that Monday night game and later limped to the bench to be looked at by trainers. The next week he was listed as week-to-week and missed the team's regular season finale against the Miami Dolphins. While he was limited leading up to the team's Wild Card game against Indianapolis, Beasley said there was no way he was missing the postseason.
"It wasn't enough to affect me like that," Beasley said. "I knew the next game [Dolphins] was probably out of the question. They told me it was. There was no way I was going to miss the playoff game especially after watching week 17. I was gonna figure it out one way or the other."
According to AICA Orthopedics, those who suffer a broken fibula usually requires six weeks to three months to recover. Beasley missed just one game, despite continually being listed as limited on the team's practice report.
"I just realized there's not many opportunities that you get on a team like this that's special and has this chance. You try to find a way to push through it and be the best you can for your teammates," Beasley said. "You've gotta be careful so you don't hurt the team as well. I knew what I could do, within myself, I believed I could still play through whatever. Everybody's playing injured, you just gotta push through it."
"The way he handled it was incredible. I don't think I could've done the same thing," tackle Dion Dawkins said. "He didn't complain, he did everything possible to make it feel better and just kept on going. I couldn't ask for a better teammate to put his body and everything first for the football team."
Beasley finished the season with 82 catches for 967 yards and four touchdowns. He also had five games of 100 or more receiving yards.