Watkins, McCoy come through game with "no issues"

November 28, 2016

By Sal Capaccio

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For a brief moment Sunday, it appeared LeSean McCoy may have re-injured his hamstring when he pulled up along the sidelines after a long catch and run.  Fortunately for the Bills and their running back, he was simply winded and nothing was wrong physically.

Monday, head coach Rex Ryan not only confirmed McCoy came trough the game “fine,” but also said the same for Sammy Watkins and that both had “no issues” after the team’s 28-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Watkins was on the field for 25 of the offense’s 55 snaps (45%) his first game back after missing eight games recovering from an injured foot.  He led all receivers in the game with 80 yards on three catches including a 62-yard reception.

It would make sense that the team’s star wideout would get more work next week when they face the Raiders in Oakland, but Ryan wouldn’t commit to anything specific for Watkins.

“Yeah, I don’t want to place any number on it,” he said.  “Will he get more?  Less?  Whatever.  We will just be smart with him.  We will be smart through the week, as well. We are not going to overdue him on the practice field.  We need him healthy. Recognizing that he has had a lot of time off, hasn’t done a whole lot of football activity. We’ve got to balance that. Obviously, we all want to get him on the field for the entire game, but I don’t know if that is the best thing for him and for our football team.”

Although the news was good for both Watkins and McCoy, Ryan said it was too early to give any update on the status of WR Percy Harvin or DT Marcell Dareus for next weekend.  Harvin sat out the game with migraine headaches while Dareus left late in the contest with an abdominal issue.

“You feel terrible for (Harvin) because I know how hard that he is trying to get and how much he wants to get back and help this football team and it is tough to see him so up in the condition that he is in,” Ryan said. “But I think you got to be patient, when he is ready to get back out there we will put him out there.”

Ryan said the team’s medical staff continues to evaluate Dareus.  He also said cornerback Ronald Darby is still in concussion protocol while wide receiver Walter Powell has an ankle injury.

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