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Sammy Watkins returns to practice, officially Bills’ IR-designated to return player

The Bills GM spoke about Watkins’ availability today.

UPDATE: Sammy Watkins has returned to practice.

Also, the Bills confirmed that they’re choosing Watkins as the team’s IR-designated to return player.


During an interview on WGR 550 this morning, Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley said he expects WR Sammy Watkins to participate in practice today.

Whaley believes the star receiver will be a limited participant in Wednesday’s session.

After undergoing offseason surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot, Watkins rested for more than three months before returning to the field. He played in the first two games of Buffalo’s 2016 regular season, catching a total of six passes for 63 yards.

Watkins went on IR on September 30. By rule, Sunday’s game against the Jaguars is the earliest he can return to action.

Last year, Watkins and Tyrod Taylor formulated an amazing connection, especially down the field late in the season. Over the last nine games of the 2015 campaign, Watkins had 49 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns.

His 18.3 yards per catch was the highest in the NFL among the 48 receivers who saw at least 50 targets over that span.

Obviously, Watkins’ presence would be a ginormous boost to the Bills’ passing game, which currently averages the fewest yards per game (186) in the NFL.