Looking for value up high and down low, the Buffalo Bills signed WR Trent Sherfield to a one-year contract on Monday shortly before lunchtime. They are certainly looking to add players who not only can contribute on offense, but add value on special teams, a common theme in Buffalo.
Sherfield comes to the Bills after stops with the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and Miami Dolphins. Having played in 78 games over five seasons after entering as a UDFA out of Vanderbilt is quite impressive.
But what’s more impressive is the durability of the wideout. While no player is immune from injury, Sherfield appears to be pretty close, having only missed 1 game due to injury or illness. Below is Trent Sherfield’s publicly reported injury history & thoughts below.
Sherfield did not appear to suffer any publicly recorded injuries during his career at Vanderbilt. Other than getting slowly worked in during his freshman year, he appeared in every game.
2018 Arizona Cardinals
Ankle, side not specified, Week 16, missed 0 games.
Sherfield was limited during the week prior to Week 16 with an ankle injury. He did not have a gameday designation and the exact details of the injury are unknown.
Knee, side not specified, Week 9, missed 0 games.
He missed practice and was limited during the week before practicing in full prior to Week 9 with a knee designation. Further research does not identify the exact injury or side.
COVID, Week 12, missed 1 game.
Sherfield was placed on the COVID/Reserve list prior to Week 12 and came off the following week.
2021 San Francisco 49ers
Appeared in all 17 games, and did not appear to suffer any publicly reported injuries.
2022 Miami Dolphins
Toe, side not specified, Week 10, missed 0 games.
Sherfield was a late addition to the injury report with a toe designation on Sunday, leaving him questionable. He did play and his snap count did not appear to differ from any other game.
Buffalo Bills Injury Outlook
I don’t think you’re going to find a player in the league with a cleaner injury history than Sherfield, especially playing wide receiver and special teams.
The above injuries are part of the game and considering he’s only missed 1 game due to illness is promising. This won’t stop him from suffering any injuries in the future, but I have little concern about his availability if he is dinged up. None of the injuries listed above appear worrisome or could become a problem this season.
Considering he is on a one-year deal and he has versatility in both the passing game and special teams, this is a signing that could pay out big for the Bills. They don’t lose much if he does somehow get injured, but chances are, he won’t miss much time. Hopefully, the Bills can capitalize on his health and offensive production from last season as the 2023 season approaches.
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