ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 27: Sammy Watkins #14 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

We already knew that Sammy Watkins would not play on Sunday, but now it turns out he won’t play for at least eight more weeks. The Buffalo Bills placed their highly-talented third-year wide receiver on Injured Reserve on Friday, due to pain in his surgically-repaired foot.

Ian Rapoport says that Watkins will not need surgery (again), as the Bills feel he just needs extended rest.

Watkins hadn’t looked 100% in the first two games, and then he had the foot stepped on in a recent practice to only make things worse. So, while the Bills are certainly going to miss their top wide receiver, this is the best call when thinking big picture with the 23-year-old Clemson product.

The fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft had six receptions for 63 yards and no touchdowns on the season, after a 60-catch, nine-touchdown 2015 campaign. The 1-2 Bills were already lacking playmakers on offense to help out quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and are already two games behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East.

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