The Buffalo Bills finally got some good news on the injury front.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins has fully recovered from his foot injury and is expected to play in Buffalo’s third preseason game Friday night, according to The Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski.
Watkins was activated off the physically unable to perform list Aug. 8 and everything has apparently gone smoothly since. It’s uncertain how much Watkins will play Friday night against the Washington Redskins, but what’s important is that Watkins will finally take the field and appears ready to go for Buffalo’s season opener.
This is much-needed news for the Bills not just because Watkins is the team’s most dynamic playmaker. The Bills have been battered by injuries and other oddities this summer.
The Bills lost second-round pick Reggie Ragland and linebacker IK Enemkpali for the season to torn ACL injuries. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended for the first four games of the season and then announced he would enter a rehabilitation facility. Most recently, the Bills cut second-year running back Karlos Williams, who was also suspended the first four games of the 2016 season.
At least one of Buffalo’s best players appears to be on the right track to start Week 1. Watkins caught 60 passes for 1,047 and nine touchdowns in 13 games for the Bills last season. Durability is an issue, but Watkins is an absolute game-breaker when healthy.