Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that confirms that Bills WR Sammy Watkins is experiencing pain in his surgically repaired foot. However, his foot is structurally sound and the Bills reportedly do not have any plans to shut Watkins down for the season.
The problem for Watkins is that he’ll likely have to play through pain this year, according to Rapoport.
During Sunday’s game, Rapoport says that the Bills actually thought Watkins had re-broken his foot or the screw, but that thankfully was not the case.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Bills WR Sammy Watkins playing with “severe discomfort” in his surgically repaired foot and it’s possible he could be shut down for several weeks or longer, depending on how his foot responds.
A source tells Mehta that X-rays taken after the Bills Week 1 loss to the Ravens, did not reveal another break, but there are questions as to whether Watkins can manage the pain in his foot.
In fact, Mehta says that “there was a thought Sunday night that he could miss the rest of the season.” Medical personnel
According to Mehta, medical personnel have informed Watkins and the team that there is no surgical remedy for the issue at this time.
The Bills will play the Jets on Thursday, so at a minimum it appears safe to assume he’ll be out for Week 2.
Watkins, 23, is in the third year of his four-year, $19.935 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $2,232,328 for the 2016 season to go along with $3,138,491 next year.
This season, Watkins has caught four passes for 43 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Bills over the course of one game.
We’ll have more regarding Watkins and his injury as the news is available.