Jerry Hughes is coming off of a five sack season with the Buffalo Bills. The five sacks were a career-low for Hughes as a member of the Bills, but the hybrid LB/DE played the majority of the 2015 season with a wrist injury.
When meeting with the media on Tuesday, Hughes revealed that he’s good to go after having surgery done on his wrist.
“Yeah, pretty much good to go,” Hughes stated. “Took care of an incident that happened way back in Week 2, got that taken care of in the offseason. I’m 100 percent now.”
Hughes appeared on Buffalo’s injury report in Week 3, but he played and started in all 16 games with Buffalo last season. Although he didn’t want to make excuses, Hughes admitted that the injury affected his effectiveness when asked by the media.
“Big time,” said Hughes. “I mean it was a chipped bone in my left wrist so anytime you have something like that it slows you down. I just tried to really fight through it and go out there and play with my guys, I always want to be on the field with my teammates, so just kind of really just took it week-by-week, always getting the proper treatments I needed and just played football, really.”
Although Hughes’ sack totals were down in 2015, he finished the year as Pro Football Focus’ 11th best 4-3 defensive end. At 100 percent, Hughes’ productivity in Buffalo’s defense should increase in his second season under Rex Ryan.