Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss at least a portion of his second consecutive offseason following foot surgery this month. The report comes from Sal Capaccio at WGR 550 in Buffalo. It’s the second surgery to alleviate pain issues following an injury during the 2015 season.
Watkins is expected back by training camp, just like in 2016 when he missed OTAs and minicamp. Learning a new offense could make this a bigger issue than it was in 2015, especially if the Bills move on at quarterback.
The speedy Watkins spent part of the 2016 season on injured reserve after re-aggravating the lingering foot injury. He was able to return from injured reserve to post good per-game numbers but the foot still bothered him.
According to Dr. David Chao, a football injury specialist, the type of injury Watkins sustained results in a second surgery about 20% of the time and “does not indicate mismanagement” by the team. Dez Bryant and Julio Jones both needed second surgeries, as well, when they suffered similar injuries.