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Marquise Goodwin wants the world to know he's not hurt

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Marquise Goodwin took to Twitter on Sunday night to clear up why he left the Buffalo Bills' first training camp practice.

It's understandable why Goodwin would feel the need to get out in front of any potential injury talk.

At 5-foot-9 and 179 pounds, he's the second-shortest and fourth-lightest player on the Bills' roster. Questions about his durability come naturally, especially after his rookie year.

Goodwin broke his hand in the 2013 season opener against New England and missed four games. He also appeared on the injury report in Week Nine (elbow), Week 10 (hamstring), Week 14 (calf) and Week 17 (knee).

While none of those ailments kept him out of a game, they could have played a role in his effectiveness -- although only Goodwin can say to what degree that may be. Nevertheless, his rookie year finished with 17 catches for 283 yards and three touchdowns.

He at times showed the deep threat the Bills hoped they would be getting when they drafted him in the third round out of Texas in 2013, but never made the impact both the team and fans hoped for on kickoff returns, finishing with just 16 for 351 yards, a 21.9-yard average with a long return of just 28 yards.

Goodwin's spot on the roster as the designated deep threat and returner is generally assumed to be safe behind Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Mike Williams. But with fellow burner T.J. Graham -- himself a third-round pick in 2012 -- likely knowing he needs the camp of his life to make the team, it's understandable as to why Goodwin would want to quickly put to bed any injury talk.

After all, all that speed doesn't do the team any good in the training room.

  • Edwinivich

    Marquise Goodwin wants the world to know he's not hurt. The world says: "Who's Marquise Goodwin?"

    • John

      A really great, fast wide receiver from "hook em horns" UT. Also, a world class track athlete. Seems like a great human being, as well. I thought he had a great year, in spite of all the injuries, contrary to this article's statements.
      Cheers, John

  • MaoSayTongue

    Is Sickle Cell Anemia the "illness" that Cordy Glenn is out with? Was it Hairston's illness too? Why does Goodwin explicitly mention it?

    • anonymous

      It's not like it's contagious!

    • WHAT?

      What's your point?

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.