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.”
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.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:35pm
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.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:41pm
One of the more notable wide receivers released on Saturday has quickly found a new home.
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.
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.
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
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
Friday, August 29, 2014, 5:48pm
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.
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 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.
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
Manuel, Palmer and Jeff Tuel are now the Buffalo’s quarterbacks.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The important thing to glean here is that Watkins' injury doesn't appear to be serious.
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.
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.
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
"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."
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