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Friday, November 7, 2014

Bills Injury Update: Fred Jackson, Sammy Watkins

By on 11/07/2014 12:23:00 PM

The Buffalo Bills' practice on Wednesday went from good news to not-so-good news. First - the good news. For the first time since Week 7, running back Fred Jackson was back on the practice field, although Jackson was only a limited participant. Now the bad news. Rookie wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, injured his groin during Wednesday's practice. Watkins was unable to finish the practice and was also a limited participant, as reported by Matthew Fairburn of

Watkins did not speak to reporters after Wednesday's practice. Head coach Doug Marrone did not know what the timetable would be for Watkins' injury at that time.

Fred Jackson's groin injury was supposed to have him miss at least four weeks. The fact that he is already easing himself back onto the field is a positive sign moving forward. The doctors and the team will remain to be cautious with Jackson. They do not want Jackson to come back too soon, which could result in missing more time.

The same will go for Watkins, who is having a good rookie season and is a big-play guy. The Bills will have to use the wait-and-see approach. Watkins has been putting up some nice numbers during his rookie campaign. He has had 38 receptions for 590 yards, for a 15.5 yards per catch average and five touchdowns.

The Bills will need to monitor Watkins' groin injury closely and be cautious not to rush him back too quickly. The team will need him to miss the least amount of time as possible as they enter the second half of the season. Watkins is a big part of the offense and the Bills will need their rookie wide receiver if they are going to make a playoff push.

The injuries for both players will be handled the same way as a wait-and-see process. The best advice is to keep an eye on the Bills' injury reports for both players in the upcoming weeks.

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