The Buffalo Bills still have a chance of making the playoffs this season and they will welcome back the help of Sammy Watkins, who suffered a broken bone in his left foot last January.
According to Bills head coach Rex Ryan, they expect Watkins to be back on the field this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
However, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn admitted that they don’t include Watkins yet in their game plan so it’s not sure how much of a playing time the wide receiver will get in their Week 12 game.
“I think he’s good to go,” Rex Ryan stated to ESPN. “He won’t have a full workload, but we’re definitely going to get him in there.”
Sammy Watkins to help Bills’ race for the Wild Card spot
Watkins was injured in a game versus the New York Jets over a month ago. He had surgery on his left foot and the team was forced to put him on the injury list so as not to aggravate the injury. Watkins reportedly joined the team practices this week, although he was still limited.
“He’s about three-quarters speed,” Lynn added about Watkins’ progress from his injury. “He’s still quick off his breaks. His long speed, his conditioning wasn’t there. He was on a pitch count in practice. But it was just encouraging to see him back out on the football field.”
Watkins’ status unknown vs. Jaguars
Officially, Watkins is listed as “questionable” against the Jaguars. But Jacksonville is just 2-8 this season and out of the playoff race. The Bills want Watkins to have some reps if they want to make a run at getting a wild card spot for the 2017 postseason.
After the Jaguars game, the Bills face the Oakland Raiders next week. The Raiders are one of the best teams in the league this season. That would provide a stiff test if the Bills are worthy of making the playoffs this year.
Sammy Watkins played just two games this season. He has logged 63 receiving yards on six catches. Last season, he played as one of the best WRs in the league with 1,043 receiving yards on 60 catches with 9 touchdowns.
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