It appears that this morning's report of optimism surrounding Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson was founded. Both are active for this Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jackson's groin muscle pulled off the bone against the Minnesota Vikings just three weeks ago. His return should bolster the Bills on third down at the very least, where he'll provide blitz protection and a safety net for Kyle Orton. He's not 100 percent, so we wouldn't expect to see a full workload.
Watkins pulled up during practice on Wednesday and didn't speak to the media until Friday when he gave cryptic responses. We're just glad he knows how his groin feels today.
Cyril Richardson has been active all season, but his father passed away early in the week and he was away from the team for each practice to attend the funeral. Fellow rookie Cyrus Kouandjio will be active for the first time this season in his place.
Following the bye, the Bills are almost fully healthy. Here is the full list of inactives:
- RB Phillip Tanner (healthy scratch)
- WR Mike Williams (healthy scratch)
- WR Marcus Easley (knee)
- OG Cyril Richardson (personal)
- LB Randell Johnson (healthy scratch)
- CB Ron Brooks (healthy scratch)
- S Jerome Couplin (healthy scratch)