The Bills have a number of problems at the moment.
And one of them, according to coach Doug Marrone, is talking about injuries.
Rookie wideout Sammy Watkins didn’t play yesterday, despite practicing last week after a rib injury.
“I’m fine, I could go out there and practice if I need to,” Watkins said Tuesday, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “But the thing is doing it without pain, but I could play a full game right now. It’s just being safe.”
But after he didn’t suit up and the Bills offense floundered yet again, Marrone told his rookie to keep his trap shut.
“I told Sammy that you can’t talk about injuries,” Marrone said after the game. “That’s what gets you in a bind and it doesn’t make us look good when you start saying those things. The doctor, at the end of the day, said he couldn’t play.”
Wanting to play it safe with a player who could potentially save a bunch of jobs in Buffalo is not a bad idea, but being heavy handed and worrying about a seemingly trivial quote won’t do Marrone any good.