Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin showed off his track speed on Thursday night with an 84-yard touchdown catch against Darrelle Revis in the first quarter. However, the Bills would go on to lose the game and Goodwin took a violent blow on the game’s final play that forced him into the league’s concussion protocol, according to head coach Rex Ryan’s postgame interview.
Rex Ryan says Marquise Goodwin is in the concussion protocol after taking a hard hit on the final play of the… https://t.co/Ac4v6P2rGC
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 16, 2016
A third-round pick out of Texas in the 2013 NFL Draft, Goodwin has been a return specialist and a reserve wide receiver during his first three years in the NFL with the Bills. However, his biggest claim to fame thus far has been as a world-class track and field athlete.
Goodwin was a track star in college and qualified for the 2012 Olympics, making the final and finishing 10th. In 2016, Goodwin again tried to qualify for the Olympics but came up short, finishing seventh at the United States Olympic Trials.
He returned to the Bills during the offseason and made the roster once again. Predictably, speed has been his greatest asset in the NFL and that was on full display prior to the injury.
He will now have to pass a series of tests to have his playing status restored.