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Bills keep Sammy Watkins out of Wednesday’s practice

06 December 2015: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) makes a catch during a NFL game between the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Photo by Kellen Micah/Icon Sportswire)
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Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver Sammy Watkins was kept out the team’s practice on Wednesday due to his surgically repaired foot being sore, according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak.

Rodak noted that head coach Rex Ryan alluded to Watkins being a limited participant for Wednesday’s session. Instead, the wide receiver showed up and let trainers know that his foot was sore, and therefore was held out. The team did not comment on whether Watkins will be available for Thursday or Friday’s practice, or even Sunday, when the Bills travel across the country to take on the surging Oakland Raiders.

Watkins made his way back onto the field last Sunday after missing more than two months with a foot injury. While the coaching staff made sure to keep a short leash on the wide out, Watkins managed to make an impact nonetheless. He caught three passes from quarterback Tyrod Taylor and registered a 62-yard reception late in the third quarter.

Watkins provided a big boost to an offense that couldn’t get their ground game versus a poor Jacksonville Jaguars’ rush defense. By the midway point in the second quarter, the Bills had a mere three yards rushing.

Buffalo will hope that the former Clemson standout can get back onto the playing field soon. His injuries piling up have triggered the organization to sign tight end Logan Thomas, a converted quarterback, from the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. Fellow wide receivers Robert Woods and Walt Powell are both out with lower-body injuries while the former suffered his setback in Week 11 while Powell got tangled up during last week’s win.

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