ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – An initial report from WGR 550’s Sal Capaccio, explained that Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins had undergone a second foot surgery earlier this month, was confirmed by the organization on Friday. In a statement the team explained that well-known specialist Dr. Robert Andseron performed the surgery and that they expect Watkins to be fully healed in time for training camp this summer.
The Bills also announced that 2016 first-round pick Shaq Lawson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the season, emphasizing that the defensive end won’t miss any offseason activities.
Last April, Watkins had an initial foot procedure to repair what is commonly known as a Jones Fracture in his left foot and was eased back into action midway through training camp. The former first-round pick played in the first two games of the season, but complained about discomfort in the surgically repaired foot and ultimately missed the next nine games. He spent eight weeks on the injured reserve before returning for the Bills Week 12 meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars and ultimately finished out the rest of the season. He ended his third NFL campaign with 438 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
There was a point late in the season when then offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn revealed that Watkins was still playing with a broken bone in his foot, which was the first hint that a second procedure may be required. Still, following Buffalo’s Week 17 loss to the New York Jets, Watkins himself told reporters that he was “leaning towards not having another surgery.”
Back on January 2, about an hour before general manager Doug Whaley held his now infamous season wrap-up press conference, Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reported that Watkins was actually planning to have the second procedure, which now seems to be confirmed.
The timetable for Watkins return will depend entirely on how the former Clemson Tiger responds to rehab, but the fact that he underwent surgery so early on in the offseason allows for maximum recovery time.
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