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Reports: Bills hope Sammy Watkins will be ready for camp

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 03: Sammy Watkins #14 of the Buffalo Bills bobbles the ball before making the reception against the New York Jets during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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The initial news about Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ broken foot came without a clear timeline for when he was expected back on the field and it has been followed by varied reports about when he might be cleared to return.

Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News had the first report about the break and later added that Watkins had surgery about a month ago to insert a screw designed to help recovery. Dunne and Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports both report that the “hope” is that he’ll be ready to go for the start of training camp.

Adam Schefter of ESPN has a somewhat less optimistic report about Watkins’ outlook, though. Schefter reports that Watkins is expected to miss the preseason while his foot recovers.

The latter timetable would push things close to the start of the regular season and Dunne added a note about the importance of not rushing Watkins back because of the risk of further injury. It seems likely, then, that Watkins, who had hip surgery before last season and dealt with calf and knee injuries during it, is going to be eased back into the mix whenever he does get the green light to resume football activities.