There is a lot of bummed out bloggers today. I get it I'm bummed too, but, to say the Bills or Marco were trying to screw the colts seems over the top.
The fact is there are different levels of damage that can occur to the Disks, meaning there are varying levels of pain. Could he have a herniated disc and not know it, yes. Could he have a herniated disc and not be able to stand up, yes. The only way to tell how much damage a disk has is with an MRI.
If he only has one herniated disc, or only slightly herniated, the chances of a top athlete being able to perform close to his previous levels are pretty good. That type of damage would affect his core strength and explosiveness. It would look like he is a step slow or even disinterested. He would be sore and stiff after he cooled down from practice and the next morning. If he had multiple herniated discs, or severely damaged discs, he wouldn’t even be able to stand up and walk.
There is certainly a possibility that he had a bad disc and he and the Bills, didn’t know about it. It sounds like a little bit of treatment and he may be able to perform like he did his rooky year.
I’m not a doctor, I have a detached tendon in my lower back, two herniated discs in my lower back and a herniated disk in my upper back. I have 92 hours on an IDD machine (introverted disk decompression therapy.) It is essentially a modern day version of the rack with piped in elevator music. As far I know the 92hours is an AZ state record. It was about 4 months of therapy 5 days a week, so I could stand up strait again.