Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins left yesterday's win over the Miami Dolphins with a calf injury after just 12 plays, spending the second half on the sideline in street clothes. After the game, head coach Rex Ryan called the injury a "big concern" as they turn their attention to a Week 4 matchup with the New York Giants.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported early on Monday afternoon, however, that Watkins' diagnosis - a "mild calf sprain" - leaves the second-year pro day to day heading into the new week. The injury does not sound terribly serious.
After tests this morning, #Bills WR Sammy Watkins was diagnosed with a mild calf sprain and will be day-to-day. Not all that bad.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2015
Speaking with reporters on Monday, however, Ryan was vague regarding his top wideout's potential status for Sunday, saying that it's a possibility that any player that doesn't finish the previous week's game could miss the next one.
#Bills HC Rex Ryan: It's certainly a possibility that Sammy Watkins won't be able to play.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 28, 2015
#Bills HC Rex Ryan: That's the case for Watkins and any of the players that didn't finish the game.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 28, 2015
(The other player Ryan refers to there is rookie right guard John Miller, who left early as well with a groin injury.)
Whether or not Watkins will be able to play this weekend will depend on whether or not he practices this week. The Bills will hit the practice field on Wednesday, giving Watkins another couple of days to rest up before on-field prep for the Giants begins.
Watkins was replaced in the starting lineup by Robert Woods on Sunday, but the player that saw the biggest uptick in playing time with him out of the lineup was Chris Hogan, who caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in Miami.