At the end of last week, the Bills provided some sobering news, announcing that star WR Sammy Watkins would be placed on the injured reserve list and would be out for eight weeks. But hope remained that he would be back.
Since Sammy Watkins told us at training camp that he hurt his foot last season, I’d say his injury already qualifies as “long term”. #Bills
— Mike Schopp (@Schopptalk) September 30, 2016
Then the news filtered through yesterday that ended that hope: Watkins will require season-ending surgery on his foot to repair the damage. Watkins has only suited up in two games this season, and missed three last year with the same injury.
— SI NFL (@si_nfl) October 2, 2016
The news is devastating for the Bills, but they are hopeful Watkins can return to full strength after the surgery. It’s been a trying time in Buffalo for Watkins, who’s faced criticism for a perceived lack of heart and an inability to stay healthy. But team doctors believe this surgery could get Watkins over the lingering foot issues.
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) October 2, 2016
Let’s hope so. Because when Watkins is healthy, he’s one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL. Here’s to a speedy recovery.