Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Through the first eight weeks of his inaugural season in the National Football League, Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Robert Woods was one of the lone constants for the offense. With injuries to quarterbacks EJ Manuel, Kevin Kolb and Thad Lewis, running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, along with his running mate Stevie Johnson, Woods didn't see much consistency in a weekly offensive lineup.
With Manuel set to return Week Nine against Pittsburgh, it appeared the band would have a chance to be back together in full. That was until the second half in Week Eight, Robert Woods took his spin on the injury carousel against Kansas City.
The rookie suffered a high ankle sprain, but luckily for Woods he's been well-versed on how to approach an injured ankle. He underwent surgery in December of 2011 to repair his right ankle.
"I was fortunate enough to go through something with my right ankle, I know how to maintain and treat it, and just keep it strong," he said, speaking from experience. "Ice it, pretty much. Keep it in an ice bath after everything. Don't let it get too bad. Just keep the inflammation down."
Normally a high ankle sprain can take anywhere from four-to-six weeks to get back to normal, so the Week 12 bye came at a great time for the rookie.
"Yeah, this whole week I was off of it just resting. I had an intense rehab and therapy before then," Woods said. "The good thing fortunately for me, it's been getting better every day. I know it takes time. Still dealing with a little bit of pain and everything. But I'm just glad to go."
Woods has been able to practice on it for each of the past two days, a trend that will likely continue for the rest of the week. It's the belief of both head coach Doug Marrone and Woods that he'll be ready to play against Atlanta by the time Sunday rolls around.
For him, the next few days serve as an opportunity to see just how much the ankle can endure.
"Yeah, just trying to keep pushing to get back," he said. "Pushed it a little bit in practice just to see what I can do in games. Just trying to test it out all week."
With Woods, the Bills will have their full group of wide receivers healthy and ready to play against the Falcons. Buffalo and Atlanta will square off this Sunday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.