Bills' Watkins had foot stepped on, Rex casts doubt on his Week 3 availability

Posted at 1:48 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 13:57:51-04

Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up.

The Buffalo Bills, in an 0-2 hole to start the 2016 season, have been hoping to have their top wide receiver Sammy Watkins available for a showdown with the Arizona Cardinals. Watkins, who has been dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired foot, missed all three practices after suffering a setback earlier in the week.

That setback, as ridiculous as it might read, came during a team's walk through when a teammate stepped on Watkins' bad foot. Watkins at least had his helmet on during Monday's workout and was doing some things on the field, but he was nowhere to be seen on the field on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

After Friday's practice, Watkins received an official designation of "questionable," but head coach Rex Ryan said Thursday there was a "heightened concern" that he wouldn't be able to play. Then on Friday, the head coach said Watkins chances to play against the Cardinals are "not real good."



Already off to a slow start as it is, without Watkins the Bills would be down their top receiver against an incredibly talented secondary. Ryan defined it as a game time decision for the wideout.

The remainder of the Bills injury report is quite similar. Tight end Charles Clay (knee), safety Colt Anderson (foot), cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring), quarterback Cardale Jones (right shoulder), and wide receiver Greg Salas (groin) are all questionable to play.

Only starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been ruled out to play due to an ankle injury. That means third-year player Cyrus Kouandjio will make his second straight start in Glenn's place.

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