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Sammy Watkins’ status will be a big question this week

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Every year, there’s a player or two whose health hovers over the launch of the regular-season schedule.  This year, one such player will be Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, the player who triggered an all-in move by G.M. Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone in the hopes that the team will be sufficiently competitive to persuade the new owner to refrain from cleaning house.

Watkins suffered bruised ribs in the Bills third preseason game (Week Two of the preseason), and he re-injured the ribs on a fairly innocuous hit in the preseason finale.  Now, the question becomes whether he’ll recover in time to play on Sunday at Chicago, and to prepare for the game via a full week of practice.

“Re-injuring his ribs will make it difficult for Watkins to get his usual practice reps, conditioning and strengthening work for the next few weeks,” former NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan said.  Ryan, a contributor to NBC’s NFL coverage this season and NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, spent more than 20 years helping NFL players get and stay healthy.
When it comes to the ribcage, a complex stew of bone and muscle and cartilage protecting fairly important organs, it could be a few weeks until Watkins returns to 100 percent.  Especially if he once again comes back too soon and aggravates the condition.
If the Bills decide to use Watkins before he’s fully healed, Watkins will have to play through significant discomfort.
“Bruising his ribs twice within 12 days will make twisting and reaching for a ball two painful tasks for Sammy Watkins,” Ryan said.
So even if Watkins plays in Week One, it will be hard for him to do much to help the team win.
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17 Responses to “Sammy Watkins’ status will be a big question this week”
  1. lmfaooooo says: Aug 31, 2014 1:08 PM

    IR by week 6.

  2. dontbugmeonsundays says: Aug 31, 2014 1:12 PM

    Might as well rest him. We’re not going anywhere with EJ anyways. Never thought I’d say this, but our wr is more valuable to us than our quarterback.

  3. tabcdef9 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:13 PM

    Why would Buffalo play Watkins in the meaningless pre-season finale when he’s recovering from a rib injury and you seriously need him for the season opener? Boggles the mind what level of judgement is operating in Buffalo, doesn’t bode well for this season. Tho the Orton signing is going to be to their credit hopefully.

  4. Ride The Tides says: Aug 31, 2014 1:15 PM

    You make that Watkins trade/selection if you think your close. I would have kept the picks and taken BAP.

  5. rrhess1529 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:15 PM

    Coach won’t care ….Go Bills

  6. corkspop says: Aug 31, 2014 1:21 PM

    Rest him. Other WR’s have looked good. Think long term!

  7. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 31, 2014 1:22 PM

    Lol what a bust. Buffalo loves giving away top 5 picks. No wonder they’ve been irrelevant since 94.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:29 PM

    Watkins’ status may be a big question but the Bill’s overall status sure isn’t. Still set to “stink it up all year long” just like the last dozen years or so.

  9. daaabears says: Aug 31, 2014 1:35 PM

    Why would Buffalo play Watkins in the meaningless pre-season finale when he’s recovering from a rib injury and you seriously need him for the season opener?
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    Ditto

  10. stoogy says: Aug 31, 2014 1:36 PM

    When were the jets last relevant? Stephen hill was a bust, Watkins will be a stud once somebody can get him he ball.

  11. floratiotime says: Aug 31, 2014 2:39 PM

    Sammy Bustkins.

  12. jclark6528 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:33 PM

    At least you’ll have the opportunity in next year’s draft to supplement him with a top 10 pick……oh, wait.

  13. m1st3rjaxsp8z says: Aug 31, 2014 3:53 PM

    Bills played Sammy in preseason because they knew the injury wasnt an injury it was just Sammy being a wimp Dude is weak

  14. catquick says: Aug 31, 2014 4:33 PM

    Bills already got their ’15 first round pick early. Seantrel Henderson at pick 7 would be a top 5 pick this year. We will miss nothing next year. Browns will blow it anyway. the factory of sadness will be working 3rd shift for the next decade. You won’t win 4 games this year. Maybe your river can catch on fire again to entertain you. How stupid can you be to call yourself the Browns, but wear an orange helmet?

  15. bleedrangerblue says: Aug 31, 2014 5:03 PM

    As a lifelong Jet fan I announce it’s great to have the Buffalo Bills in the NFL. I can sleep at night and look in the mirror in the morning. GO JETS!!!

  16. billswillnevermove says: Aug 31, 2014 5:54 PM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says:
    Aug 31, 2014 1:22 PM
    Lol what a bust. Buffalo loves giving away top 5 picks. No wonder they’ve been irrelevant since 94.
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    JETS!! JETS!!! JETS!!! 0-16!!!!

  17. megamite1972 says: Aug 31, 2014 7:17 PM

    Just let Sammy sit and get healthy. Don’t play him until Kyle Orton’s first start so, maybe week five?

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