Last April, Watkins had surgery on a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, which lingered into the regular season and eventually resulted in a midseason stint on injured reserve. Upon his return in Week 12, he hauled in at least three passes in five of six games, while playing on a known fracture in the aforementioned foot. Despite the trials on the injury front, he managed 28 catches (on 52 targets) for 430 yards and two scores across eight contests on the campaign. If he indeed goes under the knife in the coming weeks or months, the 23-year-old will be aiming to complete the first injury-free season of his career in 2017.
Watkins, who also dealt with a hip issue Sunday, will look to recover from his aches and pains now that his 2016 campaign is in the books. With that in mind, another offseason foot surgery remains a possibility for the wideout, though Watkins has noted that he might be able to avoid such a procedure if his foot continues to slowly heal in the coming weeks/months.
Watkins (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Watkins will be catching passes Sunday from EJ Manuel, instead of Tyrod Taylor, who targeted the wideout 10 times in Week 16, leading to a season-best seven-catch, 154-yard (with a touchdown) effort for Watkins. The Bills' top wideout will thus tough it out one more time through his foot issue, but if there's any issue at all on that front as Sunday's game rolls along, we'd expect the Bills to proceed cautiously with the 2014 first-rounder, who will enter year four of his rookie deal in 2017.
Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets after practicing in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday.
He should be a go for the Bills' season finale, though Watkins will be working EJ Manuel as his QB instead of Tyrod Taylor, who targeted the wideout 10 times in Week 16, leading to a season-best 7/154/1 stat line for Watkins. Note that in a game with no playoff bearing, if there's any issue at all with Watkins' foot as the game progresses, we'd expect the Bills to err on the side of caution with the wideout, who will head into 2017 in year four of his rookie contract with the team.
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