Sources: Watkins has second foot surgery, expected to be ready for camp

January 19, 2017 - 4:01 pm

By Sal Capaccio

Twitter: @SalSports

Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins underwent a second foot surgery earlier this month, performed by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. 

Watkins first had surgery on the foot last offseason, causing him to miss OTAs and minicamp.  He returned a couple weeks into training camp at St. John Fisher and played the team’s first two regular season games, catching six passes for 63 yards in those two contests.  But the team’s top wideout re-aggravated the injury and was inactive the following week, then placed on Injured Reserve on October 2.

After missing the next seven games, the former fourth-overall pick returned to the Bills lineup week twelve against the Jacksonville Jaguars and played the final six games, totaling 28 catches for 438 yards and two touchdowns for the season.

In early December, then-offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn revealed Watkins was still playing through a broken foot, adding “he’s tough. He's very determined to stay on the football field and help us win games. But he has a broken bone in his foot at the end of the day."

Watkins left the team’s finale at the New York Jets with a hip injury.  After the game, he told reporters he was leaning towards not having another foot surgery.  But that decision obviously changed.

Whether or not Watkins participates in any on-field work prior training camp will depend upon his rehab and recovery, as well as if he is cleared by both Dr. Anderson and team physicians.  

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