Coach Andy Reid referred to Watkins (foot) as day to day, yet also acknowledged he isn't sure when the wideout might be available, Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star reports. "Sammy's continuing to make progress in the right direction.," Reid said Monday. "Can't tell you exactly what his status is."
There were reports about Watkins potentially being shut down until the playoffs, but the Chiefs can no longer afford to be extra cautious with the possibility of another loss dropping them from the No. 1 seed to the No. 5 seed in the AFC. While that doesn't mean the 25-year-old wideout will be rushed back into action, it does seem the Chiefs will at least consider the idea he might be able to play in Sunday night's game at Seattle. The next hint may not come until Wednesday when the team releases its initial injury report for Week 16.
Watkins (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Chargers.
Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill (heel/wrist) is listed as questionable for the contest and if he's unable to go, newcomer Kelvin Benjamin could factor in Thursday. In any case, with Watkins out, Chris Conley figures to see plenty of Week 15 snaps, while Demarcus Robinson's profile in the Chiefs' offense would likely expand if Hill is limited or out against Los Angeles.
Watkins (foot) won't take part in Tuesday's practice, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Chiefs are content to evaluate Watkins on a day-to-day basis for now and haven't officially ruled him out for Thursday's game against the Chargers, but it seems highly unlikely he'll be available for the divisional showdown after aggravating his lingering right foot injury in practice last week. The issue ultimately sidelined him for the Week 14 win over the Ravens, marking his third absence in four games. If neither Watkins nor Tyreek Hill (heel/wrist) are available Thursday, the Chiefs could be forced to rely more heavily than desired on Kelvin Benjamin, who signed with the team less than a week ago and has had limited time to get up to speed with the playbook.
Watkins (foot) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice report.
After aggravating a foot injury last Thursday, Watkins was given a prognosis of 4-to-6 weeks. Coach Andy Reid later revealed Watkins had an MRI, which was returned "OK," per BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site. A doubtful designation for Week 14 eventually turned into inactive status, something that is poised to continue for Thursday's game versus the Chargers. As long as Watkins is sidelined, Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson appear to be the biggest beneficiaries, especially if Tyreek Hill has limitations with the heel and wrist injuries he picked up Sunday against the Ravens.
Watkins (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Watkins had been listed as doubtful heading into the weekend, but even that designation was probably optimistic after he aggravated his lingering right foot injury in Thursday's practice. The wideout's status for the rest of the regular season now appears to be in jeopardy, though coach Andy Reid has been unwilling to speculate on Watkins' availability beyond Sunday. At least for Week 14 with Watkins and the newly signed Kelvin Benjamin both inactive, Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson will benefit from expanded roles alongside Tyreek Hill in three-receiver formations.
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