Earlier today, the Buffalo Bills announced first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson would undergo shoulder surgery, a procedure that has been reported as having a recovery time of between four and six months. Now, the news for the Bills is only getting worse as wide receiver Sammy Watkins is also requiring surgery:
Some more bad news for the #Bills this Monday. Multiple team sources tell me that wide receiver Sammy Watkins has broken his foot.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) May 16, 2016
#Bills WR Sammy Watkins suffered a broken small bone in his foot & had a screw inserted, source said. Should be ready for training camp.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 16, 2016
Bills WR Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery about 3 weeks ago, expected to miss preseason.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 16, 2016
Shaq Lawson expected to be out 5-6 months.
This feels similar to the surgery Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker underwent last offseason after being the team's first-round draft pick. That procedure, which was to replace a screw Parker had inserted in his foot the year prior, took place on June 5, 2015. He was given a six- to eight-week recovery timeline at the time, and it led to him missing training camp and all of the preseason. The foot continued to bother Parker at times during the season. He did appear in 15 of the team's 16 games, missing one for his foot, but only reported 26 receptions for 494 yards with three touchdowns.
What the procedure exactly was for Watkins and what his recovery time will be is not completely clear. He might be ready by training camp, he might miss all of the preseason. Watkins obviously is already established as an NFL wide receiver, unlike Parker last year, and Watkins knows the offense to which he will be returning whenever he is able to play. There will still be rust and he will have to ensure he is back in shape before he can give 100 percent on the field, but he should not have the struggles adjusting to game speed that seemed to impact Parker early in the season last year.
However this works out for Watkins, Monday was clearly a bad day for Bills news.