By the time the NFL Playoffs roll around, almost everyone in the league is playing through some type of injury. After months of grueling games, practices and vicious hits, it's impossible not to be at least a little banged up.
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle was more than a little worn down, however. In fact, he was playing through a serious injury.
Jordan Phillips Injury Update
Phillips revealed on Monday that he's been playing through a torn rotator cuff and will require offseason surgery to address the issue.
While it's unclear when Phillips initially sustained the shoulder injury, it appeared to happen toward the end of the season. His playing time significantly decreased after Week 13, as he only appeared in three more games the rest of the year and did not play more than 30% of the defensive snaps in any of those contests.
Looking back, the injury did seem to be affecting his performance, as he managed just 3 total tackles over his final three games combined. He'd been much more effective prior to that with 1.5 sacks, 18 tackles and 6 QB hits in his first nine games to start the year.
With Buffalo cruising towards a playoff berth and a potential Super Bowl run, Phillips opted to play through the injury in an effort to help his team. Now that the Bills have been eliminated from the postseason, however, Phillips can finally get the treatment he needs.