The Buffalo Bills welcomed three players back to practice after injury: Sammy Watkins, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. This is good news for a team that got hit by the injury bug last week.
At the start of training camp, the Buffalo Bills were without three of their star players: Sammy Watkins, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. On Monday, the team announced that these three players had passed their physicals, deeming them able to practice.
With the recent news to Reggie Ragland, Cordy Glenn and Charles Clay — who has missed a few days of training camp — it’s good to see some positive news coming from Buffalo. Not to mention it’s our top wide receiver and our top two defensive lineman — who will make up 2/3 of that line.
Allow me to jog your memories real quick on what happened with these three in the first place.
Let’s start with Sammy Watkins, who was dealing with a broken foot. It was first reported in May, just before OTA’s began and right around the same time we found out about Shaq Lawson‘s bad news. They listed it as a “broken small bone” in Watkins’ foot and had a screw inserted immediately.
Watkins spent the next few months in a boot as his foot repaired. When June rolled around, the receiver confirmed that he should be good to go for the start of training camp. However, the closer training camp got, the more doubt surrounded that statement. Before we knew it, he was placed on the PUP list at the start of camp. It wasn’t until the start of August that we finally got a date on his return, which they set at August 8th.
They were finally correct, as he is now back for action. After posting his first 1,000-yard receiving season in his young career — he posted 982 yards in his rookie season before grabbing 1,047 yards last season — Watkins is hoping for an even better season that will place him with the other top receivers in this league. If he can prove to be healthy all season long and be as efficient as he was last year, that could very well happen.
Now, let’s move on to Kyle Williams. If you’re a Bills fan and don’t like Kyle Williams, we might need to have a talk. The man is as golden as a guy can get in Buffalo and has been ever since his arrival in 2006 — when the Bills drafted him in the fifth round. Since then, he has become one of the most dependable players for the Bills.
However, he hit a bump in the road last season when he went down in Week 6 with a knee injury. That knee injury would keep him sidelined for the rest of the season and would require meniscus surgery, putting a hole in the Bills’ defensive line. At the start of training camp, he was placed on the PUP list along with Watkins.
After restructuring his contract this offseason and healing his knee, Williams is ready to come out swinging after what he described as the toughest offseason he’s ever had to go through. Well, with Buffalo by his side, we got through it and we are ready to see the results.
Lastly, we have Marcell Dareus, who will play right alongside Williams on the defensive line. His story is a little more heroic for the Bills after it was learned that he had broken his foot during the Bills’ final game of the season against the New York Jets, who still had a chance at the playoffs.
After limping off the field, he returned despite the injury and ended up having a big hit on Fitzpatrick that turned out to be one of the bigger plays of the game. It was a game that the Bills won, sending the Jets home for the playoffs.
Dareus was placed on the Non-Football Illness list at the start of training camp, but returned in time to join Williams and Watkins.
He has been as dependable as Williams in his 5-year career, only missing one game in each of the past two seasons. Although he only had 2.0 sacks last year, he showed promise in 2014 with a total of 10.0 sacks. He should be ready to return to those numbers in a new defense led by the Ryan brothers.
The Buffalo Bills continue training camp on Tuesday, August 9th.
How excited are you to see these three back in action? Leave your comments below!
(Bills Activate Sammy Watkins, Kyle Williams, Dareus)