The Bills’ $50 Million Bet on Star Lotulelei

By Dr. Ankur Verma

Star Lotulelei. (Credit: Jeffrey Beall).

There were 19 defensive tackles that signed with teams in free agency.  The player that got the lengthiest and most expensive contract was Star Lotulelei, who got five years, which was two more years than the next closest player, and $50 million, which was almost double to the next closest player, to move from the Carolina Panthers to the Buffalo Bills.  In terms of guaranteed money, he’s getting $24 million, which is $10 million more than the next closest player, Ndamukong Suh.

It’s also worth noting that last summer he had shoulder surgery and also has a history of a foot fracture.  So given that, are the Bills making a wise investment injury-wise?

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NBA Draft Injury Series: Justin Jackson’s Shoulder

By Dr. Ankur Verma

The NBA Combine just wrapped up in Chicago and while many of the prospects went through drills and scrimmaging, the most important part of the Combine remains the medicals.

In honor of that, we are looking at 2018 NBA Draft prospects with injury questions and trying to determine if we can glean anything about their future based on their respective injuries.

For analysis of Michael Porter Jr., click here.

For analysis of Bruce Brown, click here.

As always, we’re not privy to the specific medical information for these prospects; we’re just trying to draw conclusions based on available public information.

Today, we’ll take a look at the curious case of Justin Jackson.

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