Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered a rib injury in the preseason, and he aggravated it later on in August. However, Watkins has always been fully expected to play in the team’s Week 1 opener against the Chicago Bears, which feature rookie first-round CB Kyle Fuller in the secondary and a host of unproven safeties behind a talented CB trio. Watkins has a good opportunity to shine on Sunday, and the injury seems to be well past him.
According to the Bills official Twitter account, Watkins fully participated in practice today for the second straight day. The former Clemson star already established himself as a lock to play against the Bears, but we now know that the rib injury is a complete non-issue. Watkins, who returned to practice on Monday, is fully healthy now.
Watkins can expect to see a lot of Charles Tillman on him in his debut, because it’s clear that he’s the Bills top threat and commands top attention from opposing secondary. His game-breaking ability and understand of all of the nuances of the position make him a huge Rookie of the Year favorite, and his journey starts against the Bears. When he kicks into the slot, we’ll get to see a great rookie battle between him and Fuller.