Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins practices, status unclear for opener

Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins fully participated in practice on Wednesday after re-injuring his ribs in a preseason game Thursday night against the Detroit Lions, according to reports.

Coach Doug Marrone did not say whether Watkins will play in Sunday's season opener against the Chicago Bears. Watkins also practiced on Monday but the extent of his participation was not disclosed.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported last week that Watkins "should be good to go" for week 1.

Watkins left the game against Detroit midway through the first quarter after absorbing a hit from linebacker Ashlee Palmer. Watkins first injured his ribs against the Steelers on Aug. 16 and was held out of the Bills' Aug. 23 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Watkins, 21, caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season at Clemson. Buffalo traded the No. 9 pick as well as its first and fourth-round picks in 2015 to move up and select the him at No. 4.​

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