The Buffalo Bills can breathe a sigh of relief... again.
Their budding rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered his second rib injury of the preseason, and had to leave the game prematurely yet again. The Bills survived a scare once more with the fourth overall pick according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
Sounds like the #Bills dodged serious injury with WR Sammy Watkins — again. Reinjured his ribs yesterday, but should be good to go
Watkins suffered the injury on a slant pattern over the middle of the field. An inaccurate throw led the wideout a bit too far and Detroit linebacker Ashlee Palmer ran over and landed a forearm right into the rookie's bruised ribs.
Surrounded by six members of the medical and training staff, Watkins slowly walked off the field and into the locker room at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday. There haven't been any indications on his status for the team's regular season opener in Chicago as of yet.
The Bills start practice for their contest with the Bears on Monday.