If there was still any hope that Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins could return to the playing field in 2016, it seems to be fading fast. After news broke earlier this week that Rex Ryan was concerned his surgically repaired foot could be a long-term issue, the team promptly placed its star player on Injured Reserve.
While the designation would technically allow Watkins to return after Week 12, that possibility looks grim now. According to a report from NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Sammy will be flying to North Carolina this week to find out if he will need a second surgery on his foot.
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Bills WR Sammy Watkins scheduled to fly to North Carolina this week to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson to… https://t.co/4Lztd0TZFI
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 2, 2016
If Watkins does in fact need a second operation then he will miss the entire 2016 season. To say it lightly, it’s a huge blow for a Bills offense that was relying on #14 to have a breakout year after tearing up the NFL through the second half of 2015.
It’s also extremely unfortunate for the third-year receiver as he’s been trying to fight off the injury bug ever since his rookie season. The long term outlook on this is if he can rest and fully heal that foot, it may never be an issue again. With that in mind shutting down one of its most-prized assets is probably the best move for Buffalo at this point.
With Bills WR Sammy Watkins out indefinitely, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Walter Powell, Greg Salas and Justin Hunter will need to pick up the slack.