Buffalo Bills CB Rasul Douglas Injury Analysis

Buffalo Bills CB Rasul Douglas Injury Analysis

Looking to bolster the thinning cornerback depth, the Buffalo Bills traded for Green Bay Packers CB Rasul Douglas on Tuesday, right before the trade deadline. The Bills sent out a 2024 third-round pick and received Douglas and a 2024 fifth-round pick. 

Rasul Douglas comes to Buffalo after stops in Philadelphia, Carolina, and Green Bay, plus several other cups of coffee elsewhere. Fortunately, Douglas has shown to be incredibly durable over his career, barely missing any time.

Below is the injury history for Douglas and any concerns moving forward.

Injury History

2017 Philadelphia Eagles

No publicly reported injury history.

2018 Eagles

Knee/ankle injury, Week 10, missed 0 games.

Douglas exited in the fourth quarter of the Week 10 matchup against the New Orleans Saints with a knee injury, appearing in 73 percent of defensive snaps. He was questionable heading into the following game against the New York Giants and played, only appearing in two defensive snaps and one special teams play. The Philadephia Eagles social media account listed him as also having an ankle injury during this time too. The knee/ankle injury did not appear to linger as he returned to 100 percent of snaps the following week. 

Ankle injury, Divisional Round, missed 0 games.

Douglas was forced to exit the divisional round game versus the New Orleans Saints in the first half and was questionable to return. He fortunately did but his return was not enough as the Packers fell to the Saints 20-14 to end the season.

2019 Eagles

No publicly reported injuries.

2020 Carolina Panthers

COVID, Week 7-8, missed 2 games.

Douglas was placed on the COVID/Reserve list prior to Week 7 and missed two games, getting activated on November 2nd.

Ankle injury, Week 10, missed 0 games.

Douglas appeared on the injury report with an ankle injury and was questionable heading into Week 11 but played his full complement of snaps.

Illness, Week 14, missed 0 games.

He was questionable for Week 14 with an illness but played, appearing in 34 percent of defensive snaps and 10 percent of special teams.

2021 Las Vegas Raiders/Houston Texans/Arizona Cardinals/Green Bay Packers

No publicly reported injuries.

Signed off Arizona’s practice squad, and his first game was in Week 6.

2022 Packers

No publicly reported injuries.

2023 Packers

No publicly reported injuries.

Injury Analysis

Other than the occasional knee and ankle injuries that haven’t cost him really any time, Douglas is as healthy as they come. No player will be able to avoid injury altogether, but Douglas has put together a solid career despite his many stops. 

There aren’t really any concerns for Douglas as he begins his Buffalo Bills career. Brandon Beane addressed a roster need and found a player who can perform and be available. Hopefully, Douglas can get up to speed quickly and help stabilize the secondary.

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