105.5 The Team – Take a deep breath Bills fans. Sammy Watkins may return this season.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Watkins visited with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte North Carolina to find out if he’d need a second surgery on his already surgically repaired left foot. The news is positive, as Dr. Anderson apparently told Watkins he will not need a second procedure, adding that rest and rehab are his best course of action, and that he could return to the field later this season.
After seeing Dr. Anderson, the recommendation for #Bills WR Sammy Watkins was no surgery, just rest & rehab. Late-season return is possible
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 12, 2016
Watkins first had surgery on his foot back in May to repair what is known as a Jones fracture, but was able to return to the field in August about a week into training camp. Try as they did to ease the third-year wideout back into his usual workload ahead of their season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, Watkins reportedly experienced lingering pain in his foot afterward.
He’d play again on a short week in Week 2, then miss the team’s Week 3 meeting with the Cardinals before getting placed on Injured Reserve ahead of Week 4.
Should Dr. Anderson’s prognosis stay true the 23-year-old will be able to return to practice in Week 11, but cannot play in a game until Week 13 – eight weeks after he was placed on the IR.
The Bills currently have nine players on Injured Reserve, so should they choose to bring Watkins back at that time, the other eight players are effectively done for the season.
In two games this season Watkins has made six receptions for 63 yards.
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