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Bills' Sammy Watkins: Training camp status unclear
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Though Watkins -- who is bouncing back from offseason foot surgery -- retains optimism that he will be able to practice during training camp, the wideout hints that such an outcome is not a lock, reports. "You never know," Watkins noted when asked if the Bills would allow him to practice early on in training camp. "Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab. Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."

Meanwhile, coach Rex Ryan said earlier this month that it was "too early to tell" when Watkins might return to the field, but at this stage Ryan believes that the wideout "is going to get some work [in camp]." Regardless of when Watkins is able to take the field, however, the expectation remains that he'll be ready for action in advance of the regular season, barring any setbacks.

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Bills' Sammy Watkins: Expects to be ready for camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watkins expects to be ready for the start of training camp July 30, reports. "For training camp, I think I'll definitely be available," Watkins said. "I might sit out two or three days. It's all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp."

Watkins had surgery in April to address stress fractures in his left foot, with most reports suggesting he had a Jones fracture, which is a common injury that typically sidelines players for 8-12 weeks. The timetable puts him on track for training camp, and he's no longer wearing a walking boot or limping. Still, Watkins made it clear he'll take a cautious approach, even conceding that he'll need to test his foot out when the Bills open camp. Given the high rate of re-injury with foot fractures, the team may opt to be even more cautious than Watkins wants.

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Bills' Sammy Watkins: No longer wearing boot
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Watkins (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo reports.

Watkins is still healing from mid-May surgery on a Jones fracture, with his recovery timetable estimated at 8-12 weeks. The Bills expect him to be ready for Week 1, as the stated timetable puts him on track to be available at some point during training camp. Though progressing as expected so far, Watkins still shouldn't be viewed as a sure thing for Week 1. There's also a very real risk he aggravates the injury, just as Dez Bryant did last season. Other receivers, including Julio Jones and DeVante Parker, have also dealt with complications from similar injuries in recent years. All that being said, a healthy Watkins would offer tantalizing upside after ending 2015 with 35 catches for 679 yards and six touchdowns in his final six games, with 80+ receiving yards in each of those contests. The Bills added little-to-nothing in the way of competition for targets this offseason.

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Bills' Sammy Watkins: Slow and steady progress
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Watkins hopes to take a step forward in his return from foot surgery later this week, reports. "It's going great. I'm hoping to get the boot off (Thursday)," Watkins said Wednesday. "I really can't do anything now and I'm not really rushing it back. I've just got to listen to the staff."

Watkins is believed to have suffered a Jones fracture, an injury that requires a careful healing plan because setbacks are somewhat common. The team's star receiver is thought to be good for the start of the regular season, but a return to full health at some point in the preseason would likely be ideal, as it would allow for increased rapport with quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

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Bills' Sammy Watkins: Expected back for Week 1
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Bills GM Doug Whaley expects Watkins to be ready for Week 1, Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News reports.

Watkins recently suffered a Jones fracture, which typically requires 8-12 weeks to heal. Dez Bryant returned to the field seven weeks after suffering a similar injury in Week 1 last season, but he never looked like his usual self over the final two months of the campaign. Atlanta's Julio Jones has dealt with the injury twice, and while his recoveries took much longer than Bryant's, he returned in top form both times. Watkins will be 16-17 weeks removed from the injury by the time Week 1 rolls around, so the Bills' optimism isn't without cause. It's even possible he could return for a preseason game or two, though he'll likely miss most (or all) of training camp.

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