Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that after visiting with Dr. Robert Anderson, his recommendation for Bills WR Sammy Watkins is to not have surgery and instead prescribed rest and rehab. Late-season return is possible Bills
- According to Rapoport, this means that a late-season return for Watkins is still a possibility.
This if obviously great news for Watkins, as there was some concern that his injury could require another surgery, which would end his 2016 season.
The Bills officially placed Watkins on injured reserve a few weeks ago, which means that he’s out for at least the eight weeks, but could be activated from I.R. later on in the year.
Before announcing that Watkins was being placed on injured reserve, Bills HC Rex Ryan told reporters that there is “major concern” that Watkins’ foot injury is a long-term issue.
Watkins has been dealing with discomfort in his surgically repaired foot. However, reports have said that his foot is still structurally sound, despite some concern that Watkins may have re-broken his foot or the screw that was inserted during surgery.
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 six passes for 63 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Bills over the course of two games.