2022 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills OT Luke Tenuta injury analysis

Focusing on offensive line depth, the Buffalo Bills selected Virginia Tech offensive lineman Luke Tenuta with the 209 pick in the sixth round last Saturday afternoon.

A two-year starter, Tenuta comes to Buffalo likely as a development player and with potential as a swing tackle, having played on both sides throughout his college career. According to his biography, he also saw time in jumbo formations as a tackle-eligible player.

As with most players, Tenuta had a few injuries during his time at university, but he was overall durable, appearing in 34 competitions over three seasons.

Below is Luke Tenuta’s publicly reported injury history.

Luke Tenuta injury history

2020 – COVID-19 – Missed two games (UNC, Boston College) due to “COVID-related issues” according to reports.

2021 – Lower body injury – Tenuta missed a game (Georgia Tech) with a lower body injury, side unspecified.

Impact Injury Invoices

Luckily, there isn’t much to Tenuta’s injury history. COVID has affected the participation and performance of many players over the past two years. The hope now is that it continues to reduce its footprint on society.

Regarding his lower body injury, there is not much information available. The available reports only indicate the lower body without the alternative sources being more specific.

Watching the game’s movie doesn’t make it any easier either. In footage from the match, the 43:50 mark appears to be Tenuta’s last game against Syracuse. He picks up his block at the start, then at the end of the game the defender falls around his right leg but Tenuta never falls or seems to be bothered by the contact. From the footage, it’s possible he suffered an injury to his right leg, but to better identify the injury, it’s hard to say.

Overall, Tenuta doesn’t really have any injury worries as he heads to the NFL. He could be a good draft player who brings versatility to the o-line room. He doesn’t have an easy path to the roster, but given that he’s a lineman and a draft pick, as long as he stays healthy, he has a better chance than some other players.