About 30 minutes into Sunday’s Buffalo Bills training camp practice, fourth-year wide receiver Sammy Watkins gingerly walked off the field with an athletic trainer. Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reported that during the individual practice period, while running routes against air, Watkins came up “gimpy”.
According to Steve Smith, who was observing practice as a reporter for NFL Network, Watkins tweaked his ankle, which caused the limping.
Watkins came back out to practice five minutes later, but according to multiple reports did not participate in the first set of 11-on-11 drills. Instead he was working with position coach Phil McGeoghan off to the side at what was reported as “half speed”. Brandon Tate took his spot during that period.
However, Watkins did fully participate in the next set of 11-on-11 drills and 7-on-7 drills and seemed to be a full participant after the break with McGeoghan.
Watkins has earned the “injury prone” label in his short career, missing a large portion of last season with a surgically-repaired foot and three games in his sophomore campaign. A play-maker like Watkins missing any amount of time is not an ideal situation, especially with a team so thin at the wide receiver position.If the Buffalo Bills want any chance of contending for a playoff spot, they will need Watkins healthy for all 16 games.