Bills’ Sammy Watkins out eight weeks; Cowboys’ Dez Bryant still questionable

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been placed on the reserved-injured list.
(Bill Wippert / Associated Press)

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will miss at least eight weeks resting an injury to his surgically repaired left foot after the team placed him on the reserved-injured list.

The Bills announced the move on Friday afternoon, a few hours after Coach Rex Ryan expressed “major concern” over the receiver missing significant time.

Watkins was already ruled out from playing at New England on Sunday, and missed last weekend’s game against Arizona. He’s been sidelined since a teammate stepped on his foot during a walk through session last week.

Buffalo’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft missed much of the offseason after having two screws inserted into his foot to repair a stress fracture in April.


The Bills filled Watkins spot by claiming receiver Justin Hunter.

Dez Bryant, meanwhile, is questionable for Dallas’ game against San Francisco, and remorseful about going AWOL on the Cowboys early in the week over fear about his knee injury.

The 2014 All-Pro receiver didn’t practice all week after sustaining a hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee in last week’s win over Chicago. He was officially listed as questionable Friday.

Owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Friday that an X-ray the night of the game revealed the hairline fracture, and Bryant missed a follow-up MRI on Monday and team meetings Tuesday because he didn’t want to get some bad news.

Bryant missed seven games last season after breaking his right foot in the opener and also battled ankle and knee issues.

“Just really didn’t want to know what the issue was,” Bryant said. “I wish I would have done a better job. Like we always do, learn from things and get better. Nobody lost any sleep. We’re moving on to San Fran trying to continue to keep progressing in the season.

Norman fined $48,620

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was fined $48,620 by the NFL on Friday for his unnecessary roughness foul on New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard last week. Norman is a repeat offender who was fined more than $26,000 last season for his tussles with Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Last Sunday, Norman hit Shepard near the head and neck area.


Also from that game, Giants center Weston Richburg was docked $12,154 for his unsportsmanlike conduct after being ejected. New York safety Andrew Adams was fined $9,115 for hitting a Redskins player who was out of bounds during a punt.

San Francisco’s Eli Harold was fined $18,231 for his horse collar penalty that resulted in Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Buffalo linebacker Jerry Hughes was docked $9,115 for ripping off the helmet of Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer after he was already sacked by Lorenzo Alexander.

San Diego offensive lineman Chris Hairston was fined $24,309 after he argued with an official and then bumped into him during a game against Indianapolis. Hairston was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.


Houston wide receiver Jaelen Strong was hit with a $9,115 fine after he was assessed a personal foul for slapping New England cornerback Cyrus Jones in his facemask after a play.


San Diego Chargers rookie Joey Bosa has been ruled out of his fourth consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. Bosa missed all of training camp during a nasty contract dispute and then hurt himself after he signed. Also out for Sunday’s home game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints is cornerback Brandon Flowers, who has a concussion. Listed as doubtful are tight end Antonio Gates with a hamstring injury and left tackle King Dunlap with migraines. … Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will start Sunday against the New York Jets despite a knee sprain. Coach Pete Carroll said that Wilson made it through the week of practices with no setbacks. Tight end Jimmy Graham (back spasms) was listed as questionable but is expected to play. ...

The Kansas Chiefs listed Jamaal Charles as questionable for Sunday night’s game at Pittsburgh, while fellow running back Charcandrick West has been ruled out with an ankle injury. … The Detroit Lions say defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) will not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears because of injuries. … Panthers left tackle Michael Oher has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons after developing concussion-related symptoms two days before the game.