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Doug Marrone not commenting on Sammy Watkins’s timetable for return

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Last year, Bills coach Doug Marrone said that he was “110 percent” certain that quarterback EJ Manuel would play in the season finale despite a knee injury.

Manuel wound up missing the game and Marrone said Monday that he was no longer going to be offering injury updates about players as a result. Marrone brought that up in response to questions about when wide receiver Sammy Watkins would return from the rib injury he suffered last weekend. It’s been diagnosed as a bruise, but Marrone wasn’t getting anywhere close to specifics about Watkins’ outlook.

“Unless I know for sure, I am not going to comment on when they’re coming back or when they might come back because it’s too difficult. You have setbacks. You wake up one morning and you have this or that and then I have to stand up here and hear, ‘You told us this and you told us that.’ So, I really don’t know,” Marrone said, via the Buffalo News. “You can practice the next day sometimes. You can come back into a game. Sometimes on the X-ray it shows that it’s a crack. Sometimes it shows that it’s not and then you take a better X-ray and there is a crack. Sometimes, depending on the player, you can be out two weeks, four weeks, six weeks or two months.”

Watkins didn’t do anything more than ride a stationary bike at Monday’s practice. The Bills are scheduled to play the Buccaneers on Saturday in their third preseason game and it seems we’ll be waiting until closer to kickoff before finding out if Watkins has a chance to take part.

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10 Responses to “Doug Marrone not commenting on Sammy Watkins’s timetable for return”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2014 8:13 AM

    The Bills need Watkins on the field making plays and Manuel is in trouble without him.

  2. sketchydave says: Aug 19, 2014 8:15 AM

    bills fan

    getting tired of madrone. i hope he turns this team around, this injury stuff is lame don’t be a baby give a timetable.

    while you’re at it find some backup qb who can compete with ej manuel for a job.

  3. joetheplumber61 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:31 AM

    sketchydave, he(Marrone)WILL turn the team around. Find a back-up for EJ? How about a replacement for him? I haven’t seen a dang thing from EJ that warrants him being starting material up to this point. Jeff Tuel is a capable back-up. The injury stuff is lame? The only baby I see right now is YOU. All he is required by the NFL is to give them a true/honest/accurate injury report. I think you might have heard of Bill Belichick of the NE Patriots, he doesn’t comment on injuries either, and last time I checked, he seems to be doing pretty well.

  4. iloveagoodnap says: Aug 19, 2014 9:39 AM

    joetheplumber61 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:31 AM

    Jeff Tuel is a capable back-up.
    ……….
    Sorry pal but this blurb takes away any credibility.

    Tuel was beyond horrendous in is 2 games he appeared in last year. Embarrassingly bad. In both those games the Bills would have won (and significantly changed the mold of their season, too) had Tuel not been there.

    Not to mention that Lewis is way, way better a backup than Tuel.

    A replacement for EJ, EJ as a backup, Lewis as a 3rd. Then we’re talking about a properly stacked and prepared QB set. In no world should Jeff Tuel ever be a legitimate option to start an NFL game. That’s the undeniable truth.

  5. sketchydave says: Aug 19, 2014 9:46 AM

    Listen joe
    I’m a diehard but that injury crap is a simple question.

    Thought both backups looked solid last year, but we can upgrade. You don’t think freeman would be more capable as a backup? Similar skill set to Manuel but has played in the league. Marrone can make it happen but this stuff with him lately flipping out over his team not winning the hall of fame game is ridiculous. Let’s see how it goes joe. Flattered for being called out. <33

  6. kgun80 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:48 AM

    I don’t see anything wrong with how Marrone is treating the situation. His job is to make sure the guy is healthy when the season starts. I would rather have him riding a bike on the sidelines and healing up then rushing back for the preseason. As for EJ he is inconsistent like most second year players at any position. The guy was a project when they drafted him and anyone that is expecting him to look like a polished vet is delusional that’s not how it works. Be patient realize the Bills have one if the best running games in the NFL and that’s the best thing to help a young QB. If EJ isn’t showing any growth during the regular season then it’s time to worry. But I’ll reserve judgement until the bullets start flying during the season.

  7. Remixed says: Aug 19, 2014 12:17 PM

    iloveagoodnap says:
    Aug 19, 2014 9:39 AM
    joetheplumber61 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:31 AM

    Jeff Tuel is a capable back-up.
    ……….
    Sorry pal but this blurb takes away any credibility.

    Tuel was beyond horrendous in is 2 games he appeared in last year. Embarrassingly bad. In both those games the Bills would have won (and significantly changed the mold of their season, too) had Tuel not been there.

    ……….

    Have you paid attention to the Bills at all this offseason? That is on his way to being the 3rd string QB with how bad he has played this training camp and preseason. Tuel has played much better and the backup QB spot is his to lose. Not saying much at a position where both backup QB’s blow. But Tuel has definitely improved this offseason to the point where he has easily overtaken Thad “Lob it in the air and hope for a catch” Lewis.
    Not to mention that Lewis is way, way better a backup than Tuel.

    A replacement for EJ, EJ as a backup, Lewis as a 3rd. Then we’re talking about a properly stacked and prepared QB set. In no world should Jeff Tuel ever be a legitimate option to start an NFL game. That’s the undeniable truth.

  8. Remixed says: Aug 19, 2014 12:21 PM

    Disregard that last blurb, it should read:

    iloveagoodnap says:
    Aug 19, 2014 9:39 AM
    joetheplumber61 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:31 AM

    Jeff Tuel is a capable back-up.
    ……….
    Sorry pal but this blurb takes away any credibility.

    Tuel was beyond horrendous in is 2 games he appeared in last year. Embarrassingly bad. In both those games the Bills would have won (and significantly changed the mold of their season, too) had Tuel not been there.

    A replacement for EJ, EJ as a backup, Lewis as a 3rd. Then we’re talking about a properly stacked and prepared QB set. In no world should Jeff Tuel ever be a legitimate option to start an NFL game. That’s the undeniable truth.

    ……….

    Have you paid attention to the Bills at all this offseason? That is on his way to being the 3rd string QB with how bad he has played this training camp and preseason. Tuel has played much better and the backup QB spot is his to lose. Not saying much at a position where both backup QB’s blow. But Tuel has definitely improved this offseason to the point where he has easily overtaken Thad “Lob it in the air and hope for a catch” Lewis.
    Not to mention that Lewis is way, way better a backup than Tuel.

  9. jdphx says: Aug 19, 2014 12:30 PM

    Hey…..

    His picture looks like he’s been listening to Florio’s jokes.

  10. iloveagoodnap says: Aug 19, 2014 2:30 PM

    I have. Tuel is still terrible.

    Remember in training camp last year when Tuel looked great in practice? So good they felt he was a serviceable backup? And then the regular season came, and he looked like a JV player against the Browns.

    Thad has no business being a #2 either. But he is better than Tuel regardless of how well the reports say Tuel is doing in practice. Their progress in the games is equally underimpressive in the preseason. So, again I base it on what I’ve seen. Thad almost beat Cinci and beat Miami twice. Tuel did nothing. Preseason means nothing.

    Thinking Tuel is good is the reason why Buffalo fans have come to accept 8-8 as a good record. 8-8 still sucks. Lowering standards and expectations for 14 years- I’ve had enough.

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