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Bill WR Sammy Watkins says ribs 'just about normal'

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 10:11am

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins said his injured ribs were feeling “just about normal” after completing practice Monday.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Watkins said after the Bills started preparations for Sunday’s season opener at Chicago. “Had a great practice today. Felt normal. Felt pretty good out there.”

The Bills aren’t required to provide an update on how much Watkins participated in practice until Wednesday, and didn’t say if he has been cleared to play.

In Watkins’ mind, though, he’ll be ready to make his NFL debut.

“Of course. That’s a winner’s mentality,” he said. “I’m hoping I’m going to be out there on the field playing, getting reps with the guys and go out there and try to fight for a win.”

Fantasy Impact:
We have Watkins ranked 44th this week among our WRs in an average matchup against the Bears. Watkins may feel OK, but it's hard to believe he's completely healed as rib injuries can be difficult to play with. It may be best to go another direction at least in Week 1.

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Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs) participated in at least the start of Monday's practice.

Watkins took part in routes-versus-air while reporters were present. He dropped his first pass and immediately did push-ups. It's unclear his participation in the remainder of practice, as reporters are allowed only a brief window to watch regular-season practices.

Watkins re-injured his ribs in the Bills' preseason finale last week.

The Bills will practice four times this week before traveling for their season opener against the Chicago Bears.

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:41pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

One of the more notable wide receivers released on Saturday has quickly found a new home.

The Titans have been awarded ex-Bills wideout T.J. Graham on waivers, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported Sunday.

A 2012 third-round pick out of N.C. State, the 25-year-old Graham was a 17-game starter for Buffalo in his two seasons with the club, hauling in 23 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. He will provide depth behind Nate Washington and Kendall Wright and could contribute immediately in three- and four-WR sets.

The move leaves the Titans with six receivers, with Justin Hunter, Derek Hagan and Michael Preston the other options at the position.

Status of Bills WR Sammy Watkins in question for Week 1

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 1:07pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bills WR Sammy 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.

Fantasy Impact:
The story goes on to say that 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. Watkins ranks just 44th on our WR list for Week 1. Even if he plays it may be best to go with another option.

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 4:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills' quarterback carousel continued to spin Saturday as the team waived backup Jeff Tuel.

Tuel's roster spot was in jeopardy following the signing of Kyle Orton, which the Bills made official Saturday. Orton, 31, will backup EJ Manuel.

For now, the Bills only have Manuel and Orton on their 53-man roster at quarterback.

The Bills began training camp with Manuel, Tuel, Thad Lewis, and Dennis Dixon on their roster at quarterback. They waived Lewis and Dixon earlier this week, while the team also signed and released quarterback Jordan Palmer this week.

Friday, August 29, 2014, 11:05pm

James Walker, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bills have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran QB Kyle Orton, according to a source. Orton will backup E.J. Manuel.

Friday, August 29, 2014, 5:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bills placed tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) on injured reserve.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) should be fine for Week 1

Friday, August 29, 2014, 5:45pm - [Full Article]

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Bills WR Sammy Watkins came out of Thursday night's preseason loss to the Lions without a serious injury to his ribs, per a source informed of the team's situation. The feeling from the Bills is that Watkins should be good to go for Sunday's opener against the Bears.

Fantasy Impact:
Watkins has looked great in practice, but it hasn't translated to games, thanks to QB E.J. Manuel's shaky play. We still like Watkins as a third or fourth receiver and feel that he'll be a target hog in the Bills' run-heavy offense. If Manuel can progress (at all) Watkins should be a fantasy starter (top 36) as a rookie.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins re-injures ribs

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:53pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Bills rookie Sammy Watkins didn't play against the Buccaneers last week after suffering a rib injury against the Steelers on Aug. 16. Watkins finally returned to action on Thursday, but he only lasted a total of nine plays before re-injuring his ribs.

The fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft was taken to the locker room in the first quarter after taking a hit from Detroit linebacker Ashlee Palmer. It looked like Watkins was going to stay in the game after taking the hit from Palmer, but after the officiating crew stopped the game to fix the clock, Watkins decided to head to the sideline.

The Bills confirmed that Watkins suffered a rib injury and the team also announced that he'd be spending the rest of the game on the bench.

Fantasy Impact:
Watkins' injury is troubling from the standpoint that the Bills pass offense hasn't looked very good and now he's going to miss more practice time leading up to Week 1. He has to be considered questionable at this point. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:35am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bills released QB Thad Lewis. Lewis was competing for the top reserve role behind starting quarterback E.J. Manuel.

The Bills have not been happy with the play of their backup passers. On Monday, they added ex-Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer and released Dennis Dixon.

Manuel, Palmer and Jeff Tuel are now the Buffalo’s quarterbacks.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins full-go at practice

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:18pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bills coach Doug Marrone doesn’t want receiver Sammy Watkins talking about his health. On Monday, Marrone had no qualms about declaring Watkins to be healthy.

Marrone told reporters that Watkins returned to practice without limitations on Monday. The development comes nine days after Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, suffered bruised ribs in a preseason game against the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact:
Watkins will get a chance to play without limitations in three days. Marrone said he plans to play his starters in the preseason finale on Thursday night, the story said.

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bills WR Sammy Watkins upped his participation -- slightly. He took part in routes-versus-air and then headed for a side field to continue an individual workout. He did not participate in team drills and has not been cleared to play in Saturday's preseason game. At this point, his chances of suiting up before the regular season opener look slim.

Fantasy Impact:
We're expecting Watkins to be ready to go for Week 1. The fact that he is practicing at all right now is a good indicator.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) continues to be limited in practice

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

For a second consecutive day, Watkins was dressed in full pads but only participated in warm-up drills and stretching. Coach Doug Marrone said the Bills' medical staff hasn't made a decision on Watkins' status for Saturday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact:
The important thing to glean here is that Watkins' injury doesn't appear to be serious.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins participates at practice

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:37pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bills coach Doug Marrone wasn’t willing to disclose a timetable on Monday for wide receiver Sammy Watkins’s return from bruised ribs, but it wasn’t because he was keeping a tight lid on negative information about the first-round pick’s condition.

Chris Brown of the Bills website reports that Watkins was in pads and participating in practice on Tuesday, three days after he injured his ribs early in Saturday’s preseason tilt with the Steelers.

Brown reports that Watkins took part in individual drills with the rest of the receivers, but that he was moving at less than full speed while going through them. Watkins did not go on to run routes with the rest of the group against air.

Fantasy Impact:
It wasn't full participation but definitely a step in the right direction for Watkins. We can assume by this the injury is not too serious, even though it is a rib injury, and that Watkins is at least on target to play Week 1.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:59pm - [Full Article]

Bills playmaking rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins was held out of practice Monday after hurting his ribs in the Buffalo Bills' Week 2 preseason loss against the Steelers.

"When (Sammy Watkins) comes back, I don't know," coach Mike Marrone said, per the team. "Unless I know for sure, I'm not going to comment."