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Watkins practices, Bills mum on Sunday status

The Buffalo Bills viewed quite a welcomed sight on the practice field Monday. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins was back on the practice field just five days removed from re-injuring his ribs in the team's preseason finale.

The Bills gave no indication after practice on just how much Watkins was able to do during practice, nor did they reveal his playing status for Sunday. When asked if he believed he would play, the first-round pick initially responded in the affirmative: "Of course."

Watkins had to leave the team's final exhibition contest against Detroit on Thursday after Lions linebacker Ashlee Palmer hit the wideout in the midsection with his forearm. He missed the game against Tampa Bay after the initial injury occurred against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The wideout was joined on the field by a few other players returning from injury. Guard Chris Williams, tight end Scott Chandler and cornerback Stephon Gilmore all were able to participate during positional drills Monday.

The Bills were only without tight end Lee Smith (toe) and linebacker Randell Johnson (ankle) during the session. Smith was not on the field in any capacity, but Johnson was at least able to work to the side with members of the training staff.

The team has shifted back into regular season mode and will resume getting Tuesdays off for practice starting this week. The Bills will return back to practice on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the regular season opener against the Chicago Bears.

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**Photo courtesy of The Associated Press

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