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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bills Injury Update: Sammy Watkins should be OK for opener


By on 8/31/2014 04:21:00 AM

Per media reports, Buffalo Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins should be ready and healthy for the Bills’ season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 7.

NFL.com reported the news on their website. According to the league, “NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Buffalo's first-round wide receiver 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.”

Straight out of Clemson, Watkins was one of the nation's best receivers. At the combine he ran prolific 4.39 40-yard dash time and showed off his great hands at individual work outs. As well, Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Tigers in 2013.

For the Bills, having Watkins healthy for week one is imperative to their passing success against a weak Bears’ secondary.

In the case that Watkins does not go, the Bills have WRs Marquise Goodwin, Robert Woods and Mike Williams to fill in the gaps. As well, TE Scott Chandler could perhaps be a bigger presence for the Bills come Sunday. Hopefully Watkins is healthy enough to start Sunday. With longer than a week to prepare, expect Watkins to participate in non-contact drills during practice this week.

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