Doug Whaley: Bills WR Sammy Watkins cleared to practice

Getty Images/Al Bello

Getty Images/Al Bello


Just as the Buffalo Bills offense took another hit this past weekend with the latest injuries to Robert Woods and LeSean McCoy, some good news seems to be on the horizon. General Manager Doug Whaley joined WGR radio Wednesday morning and broke the news about the return of his teams best wide receiver.

After missing over two months of action with a foot injury, Sammy Watkins has been cleared to practice and will be participating in a limited fashion during Wednesday’s session. The team now has 21-days to activate him on the 53-man roster. As it stands, I would be extremely surprised if he were able to suit up for week 12 when he’s technically eligible to return to the field but it’s still a good sign.

If you recall, Watkins was initially sidelined after week 2’s loss to the New York Jets and it was feared he would need a second surgery on his foot. That would have pushed his return to action back until 2017. Instead, a second opinion revealed that rest and treatment were the better option and now he may have an opportunity to help the Bills (and fantasy owners) at the back-end of its schedule.

Watkins’ return is sure to be a sight for sore eyes for Tyrod Taylor and Buffalo’s offense, as its aerial attack currently ranks dead last in the NFL in total yardage and 21st in QB Rating. And in case you forgot what kind of impact Sammy can have on the game when healthy, check out the below graphic charting his last nine game of 2015.