Chiefs could hold Sammy Watkins out until playoffs with foot injury
Sammy Watkins has a history of foot injuries and has been battling one yet again for several weeks, and the latest could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Watkins tried to practice on Thursday but was still experiencing discomfort in his foot. With the Chiefs a virtual lock for the playoffs and already having lost star running back Kareem Hunt, they may opt to play it safe with Watkins by holding him out.
One reason the signing of Kelvin Benjamin makes sense for the #Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins tried to go in practice yesterday and couldn’t. His foot isn’t quite ready, and rest might be the only answer. With the playoffs looming, the best option is likely to rest until January.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2018
Watkins first appeared to hurt his foot when he limped off the field in a game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 4. An MRI revealed no structural damage and he ended up returning briefly two weeks later, but he has been out since.
Watkins underwent foot surgery when he was with the Buffalo Bills, though the procedure was on his right foot and the most recent injury appeared to be to his left. Still, the lingering soreness is a major concern considering his history. The Chiefs have one of the most explosive offenses in football, but they are suddenly losing playmakers at an alarming rate.