Watkins injured his groin during practice on Wednesday, and has not been able to practice since, spending time in the training room instead. In most cases, that does not bode well for a player's availability on Sunday with the way the Bills work, but clearly, the Bills are going to do everything they can to try to get their best offensive weapon onto the field this weekend. If Watkins can't play, Robert Woods and Chris Hogan would be the starting receivers, with Marquise Goodwin and Mike Williams mixing in situationally.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone has been fairly pessimistic about the availability of Fred Jackson this week, as well. Jackson practiced all three days, but is clearly not 100 percent, and Marrone told reporters Friday that Jackson is not yet to a point, health-wise, where the team would be comfortable playing him. Jackson, like Watkins, has been listed as questionable, and if he does play on Sunday, it's still likely that we'll see an awful lot of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown on the field in his place.
Basically, we're in a situation where Buffalo's two best offensive weapons are likely going to be game-time decisions on Sunday. Hope y'all enjoy a bit of stress with your tailgate parties.
Rookie guard Cyril Richardson missed all three days of practice this week, as he's been away from team headquarters attending to a death in the family. If he doesn't return in time to play, fellow rookie Cyrus Kouandjio will likely be a member of the Bills' active game day roster for the first time this season as a reserve.
The Bills do have several reserve and role players returning in Week 10, including wide receiver Goodwin as well as two key special teams figures, Marcus Easley and Ty Powell. Also worth noting: wide receiver Woods (back) will return to the lineup after leaving a Week 8 win early, and cornerback Ron Brooks (groin) is expected to play, as well.