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Sammy Watkins probable, Stephon Gilmore questionable for Bills


The Bills should have their first-round pick on the field against the Bears.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is listed as probable to play for Buffalo on Sunday after dealing with an injury to his ribs for most of the last few weeks. Watkins has been able to practice in full this week, which has been a pretty good signal that things were heading in this direction even as head coach Doug Marrone tried to keep things uncertain in his comments to the media.

Given the shakiness of the Bills offense, that’s a good development. Given the strength of the Bears offense, it might not wind up making much of a difference.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is questionable because of a groin injury, which isn’t where you want your top corner to be with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the other side of the field. Gilmore has expressed confidence all week that he’ll be able to play, but any limitations are going to leave the Bills in a precarious position if their pass rush can’t overwhelm the Bears offensive line.

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13 Responses to “Sammy Watkins probable, Stephon Gilmore questionable for Bills”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 5, 2014 1:26 PM

    By the time they come to Toronto, they’ll be no draft picks left.

    Stop giving away draft picks.

  2. catquick says: Sep 5, 2014 1:29 PM

    But the D Line will overwhelm the Bears O line. Those guys are studs, and we haven’t even run a blitz yet.

  3. marvsleezy says: Sep 5, 2014 1:31 PM

    Joe, the Toronto series was discontinued, there will be no game in Toronto this year…..OR EVER.

  4. bskeezy000 says: Sep 5, 2014 1:32 PM

    I’m a Pats fan, and let me tell you – there was a time where I thought Stephon Gilmore was going to be a GREAT player. If this dude can stay healthy – I think he could be a top 5 CB in the NFL. And not a “Sherman Top 5 Corner” where you just stay on one side of the field, and cover the opposing team’s 3rd wideout the entire game. A real shutdown corner.

  5. suhmonster90 says: Sep 5, 2014 1:35 PM

    Doug Marrone thinks they’re both overrated.

  6. chicagobtech says: Sep 5, 2014 1:44 PM

    “And not a “Sherman Top 5 Corner” where you just stay on one side of the field, and cover the opposing team’s 3rd wideout the entire game. A real shutdown corner.”

    The receiver that was on Richard Sherman’s side of the field was not thrown to last night. Sounds like Sherman’s level of play essentially shut down an entire side of the field.

  7. fireeyes111 says: Sep 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    “The receiver that was on Richard Sherman’s side of the field was not thrown to last night. Sounds like Sherman’s level of play essentially shut down an entire side of the field”

    Except the Packers put their third (and worst, by far) receiver over there. Which rendered Sherman useless since he was covering a decoy all night.

  8. bassplucker says: Sep 5, 2014 2:01 PM

    If there’s such a thing as a trap game in Week 1 of a season, this is it for the Bears. There’s no reason the Bills shouldn’t lose this game pretty badly, yet I feel the Bears are gonna come out flat in this one and it will be a lot closer than some people expect.

  9. bskeezy000 says: Sep 5, 2014 2:04 PM


    You’re missing the point. He was not covering the opposing team’s top option – something Revis, Peterson, Haden, and even Talib do consistently.

  10. thefappingbearcutler says: Sep 5, 2014 2:53 PM

    I fully expect this to be a shoot out. The Bears are frauds. Sure, their offensive can score but I am pretty sure Buffalo, even with EJ, will be able to score at will.

    Let’s examine that stellar Bears defense. Dline is totally unproven since all the changes. LB core is utter garbage with old man “lost 5 steps Briggs” being relied on. CB’s are putrid as well. Peanut “I have lost so many steps, my only move is to try to punch the ball out after the completion is made” Tillman. Safeties aren’t good either. WTF is Conte still on this team. So many whiffs on tackles from the S position.

    I just don’t get the hard on for this terrible, unproven defense. I don’t want to hear, well they can’t be any worse than last year either. Just because you switched up garbage players, doesn’t mean you will be better. And yes, it could always be worse!

  11. unclebluck says: Sep 5, 2014 3:12 PM

    The Bills have way more talent than the Bears. If Manuel shows up with only his form of last years rookie year the Bill will win in Chicago……

  12. deweyaxewound says: Sep 5, 2014 4:24 PM

    LOL at Bears are frauds. Lots of wishful thinking on this thread – no disrespect to the Bills, but the Bears are an overall better organization than the Bills, top to bottom, front office to practice squad. These two organizations are moving in totally opposite directions.

    Do the Bills have some talent? Sure. But a lot of it as yet unproven. And it’s about the sum being more than just the total of the parts, and the Bears are not only a better all-around team, but have will prove they have more talent on both sides of the ball, plus a home field advantage.

    Bills won’t have an answer for last year’s #2 offense – now in it’s 2nd year and returning all 11 starters, healthy.

    While the Bears DO have some legit questions about their defense after last year’s injury-plagued implosion – they’re out to prove something this year. And it all starts up front, and that d-line will be a force to be reckoned with: Houston, Allen, Ratliffe, and Young will bring the pressure, forcing turnovers to the secondary.

    The only hope I give the Bills is if they can benefit by a couple freak turnovers, penalties, or injury. Bears could well give away a big play on special teams. Otherwise, that Bears offense will be way too much to handle, and the revamped Chicago defense will do just enough to force errors from a shaky inconsistent un-confident QB.

    But hey – just my .02. That’s why the play the game!

  13. beardownfromcali says: Sep 5, 2014 4:36 PM

    2nd to the worst, could definitely be worst. DEAD LAST!

    Lots of survivor picks spent on the Bears, glad to see I won’t be the only one out. Cutler got paid, let’s see it. Forte getting older with something to prove, prove it! Mills and his bum foot, kick it!

    Bear down!

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