Sammy Watkins Injury: Updates on Bills WR's Ribs and Return

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIAugust 17, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7

The Bills confirmed Sammy Watkins is active for Week 1:


Updates from Friday, Sept. 5

ESPN's Mike Rodak has an encouraging update:

Matthew Fairburn of The Post-Standard reports on Sammy Watkins' injury:


Updates from Monday, Sept. 1

The Bills provided a statement from Watkins discussing his recovery:


Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provides good news on Watkins:

The Associated Press, via, adds a statement from Bills head coach Doug Marrone discussing Watkins' status for the team's season opener: "He could be out, he could be in, I'm not getting involved. The injury stuff is just too hard on me."

The AP also relayed a statement from Bills quarterback EJ Manuel: "It was a tight throw, and he probably just got a little banged up. He'll be fine." Watkins was hurt on the Bills' second possession, on a slant pattern, after taking a hit from linebacker Ashlee Palmer.

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll discusses the injury and fantasy impact: 


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28

Tim Twentyman of shares news of Watkins re-injuring his rib:

The Bills added an update:

Matthew Fairburn of The Post-Standard previously noted Watkins had been given the go-ahead to play in the Bills' final preseason game:

The star wide receiver missed the Bills' third preseason game against the Tampa Buccaneers with a rib injury he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers the week before.

After returning to a full practice earlier this week, Watkins was not on the inactive list for the game on Thursday. How much he'll play is still up in the air.


Updates from Monday, Aug. 25

WGR's Joe Buscaglia reported on Watkins' involvement in Monday's practice:


Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24

ESPN's Mike Rodak reports Marrone's thoughts on Watkins' comments about his injury: "I told Sammy that you can't talk about injuries. That's what gets you in a bind and it doesn't make us look good when you start saying those things. The doctor, at the end of the day, said he couldn't play."


Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23

The Bills provided an update on Watkins' status:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

Rodak added updates on Watkins:


Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Rodak reported that Watkins looked to be increasing his activity in practice:

Rodak also had more from Marrone on Watkins: "They told me they have not made a decision on him yet. I'm kind of like you [reporters]. I ask the same questions." 


Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Rodak reported on Watkins from Bills practice:

Chris Brown of also had more on Watkins' involvement in practice: 


Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

The Buffalo Bills updated Watkins' status for practice:


Original Text

The Buffalo Bills received a huge scare during Saturday night's preseason contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers when wide receiver Sammy Watkins left the game in the first quarter with an apparent rib injury, according to a pair of tweets from Mike Rodak of

WGR's Joe Buscaglia reports Watkins won't return:

Rodak had the official diagnosis:

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reported following the game that "no timetable was given for his return."

Rodak also supplied E.J. Manuel's thoughts:

Watkins went down after being wrapped up by rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier following an incomplete pass. He immediately began grabbing his side and had some apparent trouble getting off the field. Robert Woods entered the game in his absence.

Last season with Clemson, Watkins recorded 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was widely heralded as one of the most dynamic wide receivers in the draft, which prompted Buffalo to trade up to select him with the fourth overall pick.

An injury of any significance would be a major blow to the Bills. The team is expecting big things from the talented wide receiver this season, and he was already slated as a starter on the depth chart.

The entire Bills organization and fanbase will surely be waiting with bated breath for the impending diagnosis.


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