Sammy Watkins just can’t seem to stay healthy. The third-year wideout was placed on injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills Friday as he tries to battle his way back from a lingering foot injury. Watkins broke a small bone in his foot this offseason, and it has yet to heal. The move to IR puts the 23-year-old out until at least Week 12.
While Watkins is not scheduled to undergo surgery yet, he’s will visit a specialist to be sure.
Watkins is supremely talented and has shown he can be a game-changing player. As a rookie in 2014, he hauled in 65 passes for 982 yards and six touchdowns. In 2015 he had 65 catches for 1,047 yards and nine scores. So far this season he has only played in two games, managing just six receptions for 63 yards.
The No. 4 pick from the 2014 NFL Draft had missed just three games in his career entering this season, but he’s dealt with an increasing number of injuries that have begun to pile up.
During the 2014 preseason he suffered an injury to his ribs that lingered for weeks. He then injured a groin and hurt his hip (which necessitated offseason surgery). In 2015 he had a hamstring injury early in the season, then missed several games with a sprained ankle. Now he’s out with a foot injury. Sadly, it is starting to look like Watkins is a guy who can’t shake the injury bug.