Watkins back to full strength for Bills
Following a brief scare nine days ago in Pittsburgh, the Buffalo Bills have gotten their prized possession from this offseason back in working order. Bills wide receiver, rookie and fourth-overall selection Sammy Watkins was back on the practice field outside the ADPRO Sports Training Center as a full participant.
Watkins, according to head coach Doug Marrone, didn't have any limitations in practice. Last week the wideout sat out of Monday's practice, only did positional drills on Tuesday and Wednesday and then took a tiny step forward Thursday to graduate to routes versus air. The Bills ended up sitting him Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In the first quarter against Pittsburgh, quarterback EJ Manuel threw a pass that was intended for Watkins. The wide receiver got tangled up and then grabbed his midsection, with it later being revealed that he suffered an injury to his ribs.
Opposite to Watkins, five players on the Bills roster were not able to partcipate in the practice. Left guard Chris Williams (back), tight end Lee Smith (toe), safety Jonathan Meeks (neck), tight end Dominique Jones (undisclosed) and cornerback Bobby Felder (groin) could not practice with their teammates Monday.
Despite missing Saturday's exhibition contest, defensive tackle Kyle Williams (leg) and tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) both returned to practice. Cornerback Mario Butler (ankle) resumed work on the field as well.
The Bills will take to the field for practice for the final time this week on Tuesday at 12 pm.
**Photo courtesy of The Associated Press