Watkins, Woods likely to play on Sunday

December 08, 2016 - 7:49 am
For the first time since Week 2 against the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills could have their top-three wide receivers healthy and all playing together against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

At practice on Thursday, Sammy Watkins was back practicing on a limited basis after sitting out of Wednesday's practice to rest his injured foot. Head coach Rex Ryan said on Wednesday that Watkins felt better physically after this past Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.
For a second straight day, Robert Woods was practicing on a limited basis with his teammates at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Woods had missed the past two games with a sprained knee suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals. Following practice, his coaches were pleased with the way Woods has looked on his knee over the past two practices.

"I'm definitely hopeful that Robert is going to play," Ryan said following practice. "I think he's had two good days of practice. That'll be a real plus for us."

"He looked better in practice than I thought he would look," offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. "I'm anticipating him playing some this week. Not sure how much, but I was pleased with what I saw in practice."

With Watkins and Woods both practicing on Thursday, and Marquise Goodwin healthy, there is a real possibility that all three can be in the lineup against the Steelers.

"You've got Robert who arguably led this team while guys were hurt," Watkins said. "He's gonna come back and do the same stuff he had been doing and helping this team. Whether he plays 30 to 40 snaps or 10 to 15, we've got guys to go out there and make those plays. Coach is gonna put us in a situation to make them."

While Watkins' foot may feel a bit sore for the rest of the season, he feels that he is getting more comfortable with the game plan and being able to get back to full speed mentally.

"I think it's just the routine and the reps of things," Watkins said. "Now I think I'm starting to get more comfortable with running routes full speed and just starting to get back with reading defenses and being pressed. It's all a game plan thing and not a foot or body issues. Now I can just go out and play."

"I think he's ready to roll," Ryan said. "If he's going to get hurt, he's going to do it on the game field. I don't want him doing it on the practice field. It's trying to manage what's best for him. We've been rotating guys, just to try and get guys [ready] for game day at their peak performance. That's what we're trying to do."

On the injury front, Lerentee McCray was the only player not to practice today. He remains out of action as he is in the concussion protocol.

Cordy Glenn returned to practice after sitting out of Wednesday's action with his back injury. Glenn practiced on a limited basis.

Aside from Glenn, Watkins and Woods, Charles Clay was also limited with his knee injury.
Ronald Darby (concussion) and Tyrod Taylor (groin) were both listed as full participants.

One other note from practice is that Bryson Albright was taking reps on the special teams unit this afternoon. This could be an indication that Albright will be activated to the active roster for Sunday's game. The Bills have an open spot on the roster after the team placed wide receiver Percy Harvin on the Non-Football Illness list.
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