ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP modified) — Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will be out for at least eight weeks due to an injury.
Watkins underwent foot surgery in the offseason and has been hampered by foot soreness in recent weeks. He had a setback last week when a teammate stepped on his injured foot at a walk-through practice.
The fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Watkins has struggled with injuries throughout his time with the Bills. In his first two seasons, Watkins dealt with hip, calf, rib and groin injuries.
When he’s been able to play, Watkins has been one of the top young receivers in the league. In 31 games, he has 131 receptions for 2,092 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has six receptions for 63 yards in two games this season.
The Bills have struggled to get their passing game going with Watkins at less than 100 percent. Through three games, Buffalo ranks last in the league in passing with an average of 163.7 yards per game.
Receiver Greg Salas (groin), tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle) and center Patrick Lewis (knee) are also out for Sunday’s game against New England. Left tackle Cordy Glenn (high ankle sprain) is expected to return after missing the previous two games. Tight end Charles Clay (knee), safety Aaron Williams (ankle) and cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) are listed as questionable but expected to play.
Buffalo (1-2) heads to New England (3-0) this Sunday.