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Report: Sammy Watkins wants to play, doctors may say no

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:  Sammy Watkins #14 of the Buffalo Bills makes the catch for a 16 yard gain in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins said earlier this week that he will “definitely” be in the lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Jets despite reporting some discomfort in his surgically-repaired foot after the team’s season-opening loss to the Ravens.

Watkins was listed as questionable on Wednesday after getting in a limited practice. He was listed as a non-participant on Monday and Tuesday and it appears there’s still a chance he’ll be a non-participant on Thursday night as well.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that while Watkins wants to play in the game, a source tells her that it isn’t yet clear that the team’s doctors will sign off on putting him on the field. That suggests the decision may come down to how Watkins fares during pre-game warmups. Inactives will be announced around 7 p.m. ET.

Watkins had four catches for 43 yards in the opener against the Ravens, but, like the rest of the team, failed to make any big plays in a quiet offensive outing.

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18 Responses to “Report: Sammy Watkins wants to play, doctors may say no”
  1. buffalosunshine says: Sep 15, 2016 1:56 PM

    so when he says he is fine and feeling no pain no one seems to believe the guy? I am confused by this. All week long I have heard from the media that his foot is about to explode and I have heard him say his foot is “fine” and just a little “tired”… PS how does Josina Anderson know anything anyway didn’t she have Mark Sanchez starting this year for the Horses?

  2. SpaceJam says: Sep 15, 2016 2:11 PM

    This is why it’s important for teams to have doctors empowered to stand up for their patient’s health above the team’s interest, and even against the player’s wishes, if necessary: because Sammy Watkins’ career, and even moreso his long-term health, are more important than one game against the Jets in September.

  3. zeuslizard says: Sep 15, 2016 2:13 PM

    I wish this were a non story, but I fear it’s not…

  4. maxkingpin says: Sep 15, 2016 2:16 PM

    The suspense is killing me.

  5. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Sep 15, 2016 2:16 PM

    I foresee a revision surgery in Sammy’s future. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always fix the problem 100%.

  6. kissbillsrings says: Sep 15, 2016 2:23 PM

    See ya Rex & staff

  7. patsfan1820 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:24 PM

    Good decision Sammy Watkins is more important to the Bills than having to play games in September rest up and get healthy Watkins.

  8. buffalosunshine says: Sep 15, 2016 2:27 PM

    Isn’t “Team Doctor” an oxymoron?

  9. nhpats says: Sep 15, 2016 2:41 PM

    Watkins might as well play now. Come November it will no longer matter as the Bills will already be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. He can rest then.

  10. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:42 PM

    Play the Jets D tonight

  11. skoobyfl says: Sep 15, 2016 2:45 PM

    People on the sideline don’t help you win, get to work man.

  12. unclebluck says: Sep 15, 2016 2:48 PM

    Josina Anderson has no credibility. She makes up stories as does most of her compatriots at ESPN….

  13. piratefreedom says: Sep 15, 2016 3:08 PM

    poor washed up Revis better hope Watkin’s foot is hurting or Revis will be embarrassed for the second week straight

  14. Patty Dubs says: Sep 15, 2016 3:38 PM

    It’s very possible the Jets D will make Tyrod and the Bills’ O look even worse than the Ravens did. Rex to LA Rams will happen–book it!

  15. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2016 3:44 PM

    No way, Busto isn’t gonna play?


  16. ohand16 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:51 PM

    Two 1’s and a 4th for this bust??


  17. mjd08501 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:52 PM

    I want to say to rest him if he’s not totally ready to go, but last week’s nightmare and the upcoming schedule make this basically a must win game, so if he can play he needs to play. With the next two games against the Cardinals and Patriots, they’d be lucky to win 1 of them. If they lose tonight they are staring 0-4 in the face, 1-3 if they get lucky

  18. elrock7 says: Sep 15, 2016 7:21 PM

    Bills will be twice as bad this year cause they have twice as many Ryans.

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