There might have been an explanation for why Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins struggled Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens. Apparently, his surgically repaired foot is still giving him problems.
Watkins is dealing with severe discomfort in his foot, according to The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta. While X-rays didn’t reveal another break, Mehta reports Watkins could be shut down for several weeks if he can’t play through the pain.
This would be a striking blow to Buffalo’s offense. Watkins is the team’s best receiver despite catching only 4 passes for 43 yards Sunday in Buffalo’s 13-7 loss to the Ravens. The depth behind Watkins includes Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Greg Salas, none of which are even close to the caliber of being a No. 1 receiver.
The Bills are still dealing with other injuries. First-round pick Shaq Lawson will miss at least the first six weeks of the year as he recovers from offseason shoulder injury. Second-round pick Reggie Ragland was lost for the year to a torn ACL during the summer. The Bills also don’t have defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who is serving a four-game suspension before entering a rehabilitation facility.
If Watkins misses a stretch of time, Buffalo’s playoff hopes would be greatly diminished.