Watkins recently saw Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended the receiver does need surgery on his injured foot, which landed him on injured reserve ahead of Week 4, NFL.com reports.
That means Watkins could be in line for a late-season return, as NFL.com's Ian Rapoport seems to think, especially since the Bills don't have anyone else on IR that would seem to be a strong candidate for the one move a team can make off that list. The Bills have been rolling since Watkins went down, winning their last three, but they also have the league's worst passing attack and could certainly use their star back at some point late in the season. Keep tabs on his progress, and if you have a deep bench he might be worth a stash.
Watkins (foot) isn't scheduled for surgery, but he'll visit with Dr. Robert Anderson to be sure, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Watkins was placed on injured reserve Friday, officially ruling him out for at least the next eight weeks. He didn't have any structural damage at last check, but the pain in his surgically-repaired foot has simply refused to subside. Assuming no structural damage is found, he'll likely spend the next eight weeks resting, with the hope that his foot will feel better if he uses it as little as possible. If he does end up needing some kind of procedure, it would likely spell the end of his season.
Watkins underwent foot surgery in April to repair a Jones fracture in the fifth metatarsal, a procedure that required a screw to be inserted in his left foot. Historically, that surgery comes with a high risk for re-injury due to complications associated with the surgical hardware, which is exactly what occurred when Watkins' foot bothered him again during Week 1. Since then, he's notably been limited by the discomfort, resulting in a Week 3 absence and subsequent missed practices, and now lands on injured reserve due to the issue. With Watkins sidelined, the
In addition to ruling Watkins out, head coach Rex Ryan admitted there's serious concern regarding the wideout's availability for the rest of the year, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. This isn't exactly breaking news, as it was previously reported that Watkins might have to manage pain in his surgically repaired foot all season. He's thus far losing the battle, now sitting out for a second straight week after playing two ineffective games to start the campaign. Marquise Goodwin will likely get another start across from Robert Woods on Sunday.
Watkins (foot) was not spotted on the practice field Friday for the third day in a row, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo reports.
With Watkins not present during the media portion of Friday's practice, it appears he will sit out for the third day in a row. The Bills are hopeful that Watkins will still be able to play Sunday, but the team will release his official Week 4 injury designation sometime after Friday's session.
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|9||11/7/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
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|17||1/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
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