old article on Watkins's injury history (before 2017, & then also 2017)

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    Add broken foot to Sammy Watkins’ growing list of NFL injuries

    Mike Rodak
    May 162016

    http://www.espn.com/blog/buffalo-bills/post/_/id/24712/add-broken-foot-to-sammy-watkins-growing-list-of-nfl-injuries

    Sammy Watkins entered the NFL with such undeniable talent in 2014 that the Buffalo Bills traded the No. 9 overall pick that year, their 2015 first-round selection and a fourth-round pick in 2015 to acquire him.

    We’ve seen flashes of dominance from Watkins, including a 158-yard, two-touchdown first half in a Week 12 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last season. But, man, it’s getting harder and harder not to say Watkins is injury-prone at the NFL level.

    The latest ailment for Watkins is a broken bone in his foot that is expected to sideline him for training camp and the preseason, but not affect his availability for the regular season, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.

    Sammy Watkins has racked up injuries at an alarming rate through two seasons. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
    While Watkins has missed only three games in his two-year NFL career because of injury (all last October), the sheer volume of his injuries is troubling for a player who is trying to break out this season as one of the NFL’s best receivers.

    Here’s a look at Watkins’ various ailments since entering the NFL:

    Aug. 16, 2014: Watkins exited the Bills’ second preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with what the team called a rib contusion and did not return.

    Aug. 28, 2014: After missing the Bills’ third preseason game, Watkins returned for the preseason finale but pulled himself out of the game after reinjuring his ribs. Months later, Watkins revealed that he was dealing not only with a rib contusion but with broken ribs.

    Sept. 14, 2014: Watkins scored his first NFL touchdown in a Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins, part of an eight-catch, 117-yard performance. Watkins was checked out by trainers multiple times during the game and was hunched over on the sideline at one point.

    Oct. 8, 2014: Watkins was removed from the injury report after being listed for the first five weeks of the season with the rib ailment.

    Oct. 22, 2014: Watkins was added to the Bills’ injury report with a groin injury but was a full participant in practice. Four days later, he gained a career-high 157 receiving yards in the Bills’ win over the New York Jets and was named the NFL’s offensive rookie of the month for October.

    Nov. 5, 2014: Watkins left the Bills’ Wednesday session with a groin injury and did not practice for the rest of the week. However, he played in the Bills’ Nov. 9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, catching four passes on 10 targets.

    Nov. 30, 2014: Watkins suffered a hip injury in the Bills’ Week 13 win over the Cleveland Browns but returned to play the following Sunday in a loss to the Denver Broncos, catching seven passes for 127 yards.

    Dec. 10, 2014: Watkins was removed from the injury report and did not reappear on it for the final three weeks of the season.

    Early 2015 offseason: Watkins underwent surgery on his hip and sat out the vast majority of organized team activities as he rehabbed.

    July 31, 2015: Watkins participated fully when the Bills opened training camp at St. John Fisher College.

    Aug 6, 2015: Watkins didn’t finish practice after getting “a little nicked up,” as Rex Ryan put it, but Watkins said he was dealing with soreness from his offseason surgery.

    Aug. 17, 2015: After easing back into practice, Watkins exited a training camp practice again with what was called glute soreness. He sat out the final three preseason games for precautionary reasons.

    Sept. 9, 2015: Watkins was listed on the Bills’ first injury report with a hamstring injury but was a full participant in practice. He was removed from the injury report by Week 2.

    Sept. 27, 2015: Watkins left the Bills’ win over the Miami Dolphins with a calf injury and missed two games, against the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans.

    Oct. 18, 2015: Watkins fell awkwardly in the end zone while making a 22-yard touchdown catch late in the first half of a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Television cameras later showed him on crutches outside the locker room, and his sprained ankle kept him out of a crushing Bills loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars the next weekend in London.

    #72360
    zn
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    And here’s since then.

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    9er8er wrote

    He broke his foot prior to last season. It wasn’t supposed to result in him missing time during the season but it turned out that his foot was never really right last year. He struggled through camp and preseason and tried to play the first two weeks of the season but was eventually put on IR and missed the next 8 weeks. There was a lot of debate whether he would need a second surgery at the time but they ultimately chose to go the route of more rest and rehab. When he finally returned, he was questionable for pretty much every game the rest of the way and was still experiencing issues into last off season. [Note: and then did have a 2nd surgery. See the next article.]

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    Sammy Watkins has second surgery on injured foot, per report

    Jan 20, 2017

    https://www.buffalorumblings.com/2017/1/20/14334462/sammy-watkins-foot-injury-second-surgery-recovery-time-training-camp

    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss at least a portion of his second consecutive offseason following foot surgery this month. The report comes from Sal Capaccio at WGR 550 in Buffalo. It’s the second surgery to alleviate pain issues following an injury during the 2015 season.

    Watkins is expected back by training camp, just like in 2016 when he missed OTAs and minicamp. Learning a new offense could make this a bigger issue than it was in 2015, especially if the Bills move on at quarterback.

    The speedy Watkins spent part of the 2016 season on injured reserve after re-aggravating the lingering foot injury. He was able to return from injured reserve to post good per-game numbers but the foot still bothered him.

    According to Dr. David Chao, a football injury specialist, the type of injury Watkins sustained results in a second surgery about 20% of the time and “does not indicate mismanagement” by the team. Dez Bryant and Julio Jones both needed second surgeries, as well, when they suffered similar injuries.

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    InvaderRam
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    i read somewhere that the second surgery is actually somewhat common.

    dez bryant and julio jones had the same injury and ended up having second surgeries as well.

    the second surgery wasn’t to correct anything structural. it was to alleviate pain. that’s my understanding from what i read anyway.

    as far getting nicked up. i don’t know. he does seem to play with the injuries. i don’t know if that’s good or not. i don’t know if he needs to switch up his routine or something. like what bruce ended up doing when he had those hammy issues.

    #72362
    zn
    zn
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    i read somewhere that the second surgery is actually somewhat common.

    From the article (in the 2nd post):

    According to Dr. David Chao, a football injury specialist, the type of injury Watkins sustained results in a second surgery about 20% of the time and “does not indicate mismanagement” by the team. Dez Bryant and Julio Jones both needed second surgeries, as well, when they suffered similar injuries.

    Yeah you are right, and the article mentions that (though doesn’t stress it). I am not worried about the foot.

    Injury concerns are real with Watkins, but then they were real with Bradford too back when, and look at him now.

    That’s why you can get a top receiver for a 2nd round pick.

    ….

    #72363
    InvaderRam
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    i think he’s a lot like steven jackson. lots of little minor injuries that slow him down, but for the most part, he’s able to play through them. i think the foot injury was a little fluky. so i think he’ll play around 14 games a season. maybe miss a couple games here and there. but the guy plays through injuries. and sometimes really well.

    in terms of caliber. i think he’ll be to an odell beckham what steven jackson was to marshall faulk at running back. not quite at that elite level but close enough and a legit number one receiver. and like jackson, he’ll get nicked up. but he’ll play a solid number of games with very solid production.

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