Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Sammy Watkins did not play in the team’s past preseason game due to a rib injury even though he returned to practice after suffering the injury, which caused the Bills a little bit of concern. They likely held him out as a precaution, since Watkins is already one of their best and most important players, as reflected by how much GM Doug Whaley likes him (especially since, you know, they made a very aggressive move to trade up for him, which goes against the M.O. of a non-contending team).
Well, there are no worries on Watkins’s status right now, as WGR 550′s Joe Buscaglia reports that Bills head coach Doug Marrone stated that Watkins was able to practice “without limitations”. It’s good, relieving news for Bills fans and most NFL fans, as any injury to a young star player is one that causes some concern. He’s a lock for the regular season but we’ll see how much playing time he gets in the Bills final preseason game.
If E.J. Manuel can shake off some offseason struggles and turn his raw background into a solid product on the field, then the Bills offense could be scary. Manuel has nice tools (Whaley thought he was worth a first-round pick); C.J. Spiller, Bryce Brown, and Fred Jackson are a great backfield trio; and the WR corps of Watkins, Mike Williams, and Robert Woods is pretty sweet on paper.