Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
The Bills confirmed Sammy Watkins is active for Week 1:
#Bills O: WR Woods LT Glenn LG Williams C Wood RG Pears RT Henderson TE Chandler WR Watkins QB Manuel RB Spiller FB Summers— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 7, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
ESPN's Mike Rodak has an encouraging update:
Sammy Watkins is probable.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 5, 2014
Matthew Fairburn of The Post-Standard reports on Sammy Watkins' injury:
Doug Marrone on Sammy Watkins: "My expectations are high." Says as of today, the rookie is available to play against the Bears.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) September 5, 2014
To clarify, Doug Marrone says Sammy Watkins is available today. He's holding off on saying whether he's available for the game.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) September 5, 2014
Marrone and the Bills are going day-by-day with injuries. Watkins has practiced in full this week and is cleared to do so again today.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) September 5, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
The Bills provided a statement from Watkins discussing his recovery:
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provides good news on Watkins:
Sounds like the #Bills dodged serious injury with WR Sammy Watkins — again. Reinjured his ribs yesterday, but should be good to go— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2014
The Associated Press, via FoxNews.com, adds a statement from Bills head coach Doug Marrone discussing Watkins' status for the team's season opener: "He could be out, he could be in, I'm not getting involved. The injury stuff is just too hard on me."
The AP also relayed a statement from Bills quarterback EJ Manuel: "It was a tight throw, and he probably just got a little banged up. He'll be fine." Watkins was hurt on the Bills' second possession, on a slant pattern, after taking a hit from linebacker Ashlee Palmer.
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll discusses the injury and fantasy impact:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28
Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com shares news of Watkins re-injuring his rib:
Sammy Watkins has a rib injury and his return is questionable. #DETvsBUF— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 28, 2014
The Bills added an update:
Matthew Fairburn of The Post-Standard previously noted Watkins had been given the go-ahead to play in the Bills' final preseason game:
After returning to a full practice earlier this week, Watkins was not on the inactive list for the game on Thursday. How much he'll play is still up in the air.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
WGR's Joe Buscaglia reported on Watkins' involvement in Monday's practice:
Sammy Watkins practiced without any limitations, Doug Marrone announce #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) August 25, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24
ESPN's Mike Rodak reports Marrone's thoughts on Watkins' comments about his injury: "I told Sammy that you can't talk about injuries. That's what gets you in a bind and it doesn't make us look good when you start saying those things. The doctor, at the end of the day, said he couldn't play."
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
The Bills provided an update on Watkins' status:
Won't play in #TBvsBUF: 14 WR Watkins, 30 CB Butler, 36 S Meeks, 39 CB Felder, 74 G Williams, 82 TE Moeaki, 90 DT Branch, 95 DT Williams.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Rodak added updates on Watkins:
Sammy Watkins is working alone on the far practice field. Not taking part in team drills today.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 21, 2014
Sammy Watkins is taking part in routes versus air today. That's different from last two days— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 21, 2014
Latest on Sammy Watkins: Doug Marrone tells me that doctors said if game was today, he would not play.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Rodak reported that Watkins looked to be increasing his activity in practice:
Sammy Watkins back on the field in full pads this morning. We'll see how much he participates.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 20, 2014
Sammy Watkins still sidelined during routes versus air. Looks like another non-practice day. pic.twitter.com/cfWBwqiHFf— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 20, 2014
Rodak also had more from Marrone on Watkins: "They told me they have not made a decision on him yet. I'm kind of like you [reporters]. I ask the same questions."
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Rodak reported on Watkins from Bills practice:
Sammy Watkins is on the practice field in pads this afternoon.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 19, 2014
Watkins is not taking part in routes versus air. Watching from sideline.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 19, 2014
Chris Brown of Bills.com also had more on Watkins' involvement in practice:
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
The Buffalo Bills updated Watkins' status for practice:
Sammy Watkins (ribs) will not practice tonight at #BillsCamp— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 18, 2014
The Buffalo Bills received a huge scare during Saturday night's preseason contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers when wide receiver Sammy Watkins left the game in the first quarter with an apparent rib injury, according to a pair of tweets from Mike Rodak of ESPN.com:
Sammy Watkins is headed to the locker room. Walking *very* slowly. Apparent rib/midsection injury.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 16, 2014
Sammy Watkins is having his ribs evaluated, per a team announcement.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 16, 2014
WGR's Joe Buscaglia reports Watkins won't return:
Sammy Watkins will not return due to his rib injury. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) August 17, 2014
Rodak had the official diagnosis:
Sammy Watkins officially has a rib contusion— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 17, 2014
Doug Marrone does not know if Watkins had X-rays yet or what the results of any tests were.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 17, 2014
Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reported following the game that "no timetable was given for his return."
Rodak also supplied E.J. Manuel's thoughts:
EJ Manuel: "I think Sammy will be fine. ... hopefully he'll come back and bounce back from whatever little injury he had."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 17, 2014
Watkins went down after being wrapped up by rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier following an incomplete pass. He immediately began grabbing his side and had some apparent trouble getting off the field. Robert Woods entered the game in his absence.
Last season with Clemson, Watkins recorded 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was widely heralded as one of the most dynamic wide receivers in the draft, which prompted Buffalo to trade up to select him with the fourth overall pick.
An injury of any significance would be a major blow to the Bills. The team is expecting big things from the talented wide receiver this season, and he was already slated as a starter on the depth chart.
The entire Bills organization and fanbase will surely be waiting with bated breath for the impending diagnosis.