Bills plan for Sammy Watkins to play a quarter on Thursday


Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins rolled his ankle a little bit during Sunday’s practice, but that didn’t keep him from returning to the field and it won’t stop the Bills from putting him in the lineup for Thursday’s preseason opener.

Coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday, via the Buffalo News, that the Bills starters “will go about a quarter, give or take” when they face the Vikings at home. McDermott confirmed that Watkins is part of that group.

The ankle issue on Sunday was a minor one, but Watkins has dealt with enough injuries over his first three seasons that it was worth wondering if the tweak, which followed offseason foot surgery, would be enough to delay his first game action of the year.

McDermott said it is uncertain if left tackle Cordy Glenn or defensive end Shaq Lawson will join Watkins in the lineup. Glenn missed time with foot soreness before returning to action on Monday while Lawson is dealing with a groin injury.

12 responses to “Bills plan for Sammy Watkins to play a quarter on Thursday

  1. Imagine, trading 2 first rounders for Watkins and selecting EJ Manuel in the first is equivalent to 4 wasted 1st round picks. I realize he’s got to play at some point, but jeez, already a sprained ankle and coming off foot surgery too makes me wonder why would he play in 1st quarter? Maybe he will just run a few routes and call it a night.

  2. Let’s not forget that we traded back to draft EJ which resulted in drafting Kiko Alonso. Kiko was then traded for Shady.

    But keep spouting off like you know anything.

  3. joetoronto says:

    August 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

    A whole quarter!?

    Two 1st rounders for this bust.
    Only bust is you. No team, no life, no job, no hope. 60 year old man who acts like a 10 year old, posting under 6 ID’s. Your parents must be tired of you living in their basement.

  4. Playing a whole quarter? Doesn’t he realize that he’s playing to try to get a contract next season? When the jills give up on you and don’t give you an extension you better work really hard to try to impress another team. Either that or start practicing for your next job: “Hello, welcome to Walmart”

  5. So…he is playing for the length of time that most starters play in the first preseason game? Seriously people, almost no one plays their starters for more than a quarter in the preseason game. This is about as non-story as you can get.

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