Some players will tell you when you’re rehabbing from a major injury or surgery there are some mornings where you don’t even want to get out of bed. The daily work involved can be exhausting. A little over a month removed from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum last September, Bills 2012 fifth-round pick Zebrie Sanders couldn’t get out of bed, but it wasn’t for lack of motivation.

Sanders, who painfully plowed his way through training camp in an effort to make the roster, was also grinding a calcium growth on his hip right through his labrum until it final tore necessitating surgery. Come mid-October two months into his post-surgery rehabilitation the unthinkable happened.

“I was in the middle of my rehab for the right side,” Sanders told Buffalobills.com. “I woke up in the morning and literally I couldn’t get out of bed. I had just started walking again slowly. I still had a little pain in my right side, but I could walk. I remember getting up and I just had a real sharp pain on my left side. It felt like the same pain I had on the right side. So I freaked out and called our trainers and they talked to the surgeon who had done my hip surgery on the right side in August.”

A subsequent MRI revealed a torn labrum in his left hip, the result of overcompensating for the injured one on the right all through training camp. It also finally tore. Sanders, who was already on injured reserve, was in line for a second surgery in two months. His left hip was repaired the day before Thanksgiving.

Sanders, who was considered a great value for Buffalo in round five of the draft, not only saw his rookie season go up in smoke. He had a long offseason ahead of him.