Inside The Bills

Fitz played with cracked ribs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2012 – 5:10 pm

There were a lot of theories as to what exactly was the reason for the slip in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s play for the Bills last season. It began in the second half of the season after their shutout win over Washington in Week 8. WR David Nelson provided a previously unknown reason why Fitz battled accuracy issues in the second half of the season, which were a contributing factor to a seven-game slide out of playoff contention.

Nelson said Friday at the Super Bowl site in Indianapolis that Fitzpatrick sustained cracked ribs in the Washington game after taking a vicious, but legal hit, from London Fletcher.

“A lot of people don’t know, but Fitz, during the Washington game, actually cracked a couple of ribs,” said Nelson. “So after that he was playing hurt.”

Fitzpatrick finished the game and did not miss another start the rest of the season, but the Bills won just one of their last 10 games.

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