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Watkins, Branch and Kyle Williams among Bills inactives

Fans of the Buffalo Bills will have to wait a bit longer for the home debut of rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins, among seven of his teammates, have been declared inactive for the team's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The wideout injured his ribs in the first quarter of last week's contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers and did not return. Over the past week of practice, Watkins has been held out of most the team's drills outside of positional work.

In addition to Watkins, defensive tackle Alan Branch (undisclosed), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (leg), guard Chris Williams (lower back), tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring), safety Jonathan Meeks (neck), cornerback Mario Butler (ankle) and cornerback Bobby Felder (groin) all will not play on Saturday against the Buccaneers.

Cornerback Leodis McKelvin, on the other hand, is active for the game and will get his first preseason start. Rookie guard Cyril Richardson will start in place of Chris Williams at left guard and defensive tackle Corbin Bryant will start for Kyle Williams.

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