Sammy Watkins Injury Updates

The Chiefs expect to have WR Sammy Watkins in the lineup for today's game against the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Watkins is officially questionable after putting in limited practices all week because of the foot injury that has kept him out since Week 11. He'll obviously be a risky fantasy prospect even if active, but there's upside in the game with this week's highest over/under by far.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that WR Sammy Watkins and LB Anthony Hitchens have "a pretty good chance" to return for Monday night's game against the Rams in Mexico City, according to BJ Kissel of the team website. Watkins was inactive for Sunday's win over the Cardinals with a foot injury. Hitchens was active but didn't play a snap as he deals with a rib injury. We'll keep an eye on both players throughout the week, but expect to have Watkins and Hitchens available for Week 11 fantasy usage.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins injured his foot in Sunday's win over the Browns, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "While it’s not a serious injury, it may impact his status for Sunday as KC plans for the long run," Rapoport adds. We'll look for more details on Watkins' injury and monitor his practice participation this week. If he can't play against the Cardinals on Sunday, Chris Conley would step in as Kansas City's #2 WR.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's "optimism" that Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) will play against the Jaguars today. He didn't return to last Monday night's game, but the hamstring injury is "minor," according to Rapoport. There's still some risk of an aggravation, though. And a brutal matchup against the Jaguars has Watkins looking like just a WR4 for Week 5.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins was knocked out of Monday night's game against the Broncos with a hamstring injury. He reportedly tested the hamstring after exiting but told the trainers that he couldn't get back out there. Watkins' absence leaves Kansas City with Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson and De'Anthony Thomas behind Tyreek Hill.

WR Sammy Watkins is set to sign with the Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's a 3-year, $48 million deal with a whopping $30 million guaranteed. Watkins never seemed to fully settle into the Rams offense after being dealt to Los Angeles last August. But he averaged a strong 15.2 yards per catch and scored 8 times. Most importantly, he didn't miss a game due to injury for the 1st time since his rookie campaign back in 2014. Watkins turns just 25 in June and remains a big-time talent. He has target competition on his hands, though, joining a Chiefs offense featuring TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill and RB Kareem Hunt. It's a loaded group, making 2nd-year QB Patrick Mahomes a major breakout candidate in 2018.

Rams WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and isn’t listed on the final Week 4 injury report. Watkins is a WR3 with upside vs. Dallas’ 16th-ranked WR defense. WR Tavon Austin (concussion) has also been cleared for Sunday’s game.

The Bills have declined the 5th-year option on WR Sammy Watkins' contract. That year -- along with the $13 or so million it would have paid him -- is guaranteed for injury only prior to the start of the 2018 league year. So Buffalo is (perhaps rightfully) worried that Watkins will suffer another serious injury. He's now set to become a free agent next offseason. Getting out of run-heavy Buffalo might help Watkins' fantasy stock. Rookie Zay Jones, meanwhile, could find himself as the Bills' #1 WR as soon as next year.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins will undergo another foot surgery this week, according to the Buffalo News' Tim Graham. Watkins went under the knife to repair his fractured foot back in April and was reportedly playing through a still-broken foot when he returned in Week 12. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined this go-around, but Watkins will be 1 of the biggest injury risks in 2017 fantasy drafts. On top of the foot, he's dealt with rib, groin, hip, calf and ankle issues through his first 3 NFL seasons.

The Bills have placed WR Sammy Watkins on IR with the foot injury that has rendered him all but useless to this point. We don't yet know if this will end his season, as Buffalo doesn't need to decide yet whether to designate him to return. But Watkins can be dropped in most redraft leagues that don't have an IR spot. The Bills added WR Justin Hunter on Friday, but Robert Woods is the 1st option off waivers. Even he brings a fairly low fantasy ceiling, though. This is a situation to try to avoid. Watkins' status pushes Tyrod Taylor to the bottom of QB2 territory as well.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins plans on playing through his foot issue, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Post-game tests last night revealed no structural damage, and there's nothing that can be done surgically. Part of the issue now is pain tolerance. But it's also fair to question how effective Watkins can be on a bum foot. He'll be a risky fantasy start until we see him look something close to 100%, especially on a short week this Thursday night vs. the Jets.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) declared himself ready for Week 1. “Foot is fine, I’m healthy, I’m cleared," he said. “I’m out there practicing; that’s all mental. So for me it’s just really getting in shape and getting honed in on the plays that we’re going to be running and getting back on the right page with (quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor)." Watkins played in just 2 series this preseason and failed to catch a pass. But he's been ramping up his activity in practice and has avoided a setback since being activated from the PUP list on August 8. He remains an injury risk but will have big upside whenever he's on the field this season.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) has passed his physical, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He'll be activated from the PUP list and make his practice debut on Monday. Watkins underwent surgery to repair a broken foot sometime in April. That followed hip, calf, ankle and rib issues over his first 2 NFL seasons. He's 1 of the biggest injury risks in fantasy football but is also a good bet for WR1 production when he's on the field. Watkins' current ADP is in the early 3rd round.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins says he expects to be ready for training camp, according to TSN.ca's Mike Hetherington. “For training camp, I think I’ll definitely be available,” Watkins said. “I might sit out two or three days. It’s all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp.” Watkins, of course, is recovering from surgery for a foot fracture and will bear close observation throughout the summer -- regardless of when he returns to the field. Fantasy drafters haven't let him move too far down their boards since the injury news broke, so an active Watkins could climb back into Round 2 range later this summer. We'll keep an eye on his ADP as well as his health in gauging whether to target Buffalo's lead wideout in fantasy football drafts. He still looks risky for now in a range that includes safer options.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins admitted on Wednesday that there's no set timetable for his return from a broken foot.  "This is an injury where you have to be really careful," he said. "The only thing that I can do is listen to the staff and take it slow, and just, really protect myself, and they’re going to protect me also. We’re just going to take the course with the injury. Nobody knows what timetable, what or when I’ll be back."  Watkins has ditched his crutches but is still in a walking boot.  HC Rex Ryan wouldn't nail down a target date for Watkins' return either but did say his WR will be ready come Week 1.  We'll see.

 
 
 

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