By Eric Schmidt

The Buffalo Bills got off to a fast start in 2011, posting a 5-2 record in the first part of the season based in part by the play of Ryan Fitzpatrick. By the time Week Seven and the Buffalo Bills’ bye week rolled around, the club offered QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a new contract, keeping him off the 2012 free agency roster. At the time, it appeared to be a wise move after Fitzpatrick got off to such an electrifying start, but shortly after signing his new contract, the level of his play dropped off significantly.

It now has been verified that Fitzpatrick finished the season, playing with cracked ribs. Buffalo Bills WR David Nelson confirmed on Saturday that Fitzpatrick did indeed finish the second half of the season with cracked ribs. Nelson told reporters that his quarterback suffered the injury in Week Eight against the Washington Redskins.

In his first seven games of the regular season, Fitzpatrick threw for 14 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. However, after suffering his injury and with injuries mounting as a whole for the Buffalo Bills, his production dropped off throwing just 10 touchdowns but 17 interceptions in the last nine games of the 2011 season.

On October 28, 2011, the Bills organization gave Fitzpatrick a new seven-year $62 million dollar contract with $24 million guaranteed. The Harvard product is due a $5 million dollar bonus in March of this year.






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