Sammy Watkins wants everybody to know that all the hoopla regarding his surgically repaired foot is overblown.
The Buffalo Bills wide receiver told reporters on Monday that his foot is nothing to be overly concerned about.
“I’m not in any pain. It’s not about the pain, it’s just being smart,” Watkins said, according to NYup.com. “I got it checked out and I’m fine.”
Watkins complained to Buffalo’s training staff that his foot was bothering him following the team’s 13-7 Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He reportedly said his foot felt “tired” and received X-rays after the contest. The former Clemson star’s X-rays came out fine.
Baltimore contained Watkins to just 4 receptions for 43 yards on Sunday. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was held to a pedestrian 111 passing yards.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said earlier on Monday that he wanted to see how Watkins progressed during the week before deciding whether his top wideout would be available against the New York Jets. Watkins dismissed any doubt a few hours after Ryan’s comments.
“I’ll definitely be out there playing,” the receiver said when asked if he’ll be in the lineup versus the Jets.
Buffalo will try to avoid falling to a 0-2 record on Sunday, and Watkins’ health and availability could go a long way to determining that.