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Reports say Sammy Watkins to miss Sunday’s game vs. Ravens, “week to week” after that

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The Chiefs wide receiver has already missed multiple games. Could his season now be in jeopardy?

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610 Sports’ Carrington Harrison tweeted that according to a source, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins re-injured his foot during Thursday’s practice.

To review: Watkins first injured his foot during the Week 9 game against the Cleveland Browns. He did not play in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals and saw only five snaps in the Monday night game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was targeted once, and had one catch for four yards. He then missed Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

Watkins did not practice at all before the Raiders game and was a limited participant in this week’s Wednesday and Thursday practices — suggesting there was at least some hope he might be available to play against the Ravens this Sunday.

But according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Watkins attempted to “go in practice [Thursday] and couldn’t.”

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star chimed in with a timetable.

Given these latest reports, Thursday’s signing of free agent Kelvin Benjamin was probably tactical instead of strategic. In other words, the Chiefs weren’t thinking about Benjamin as a player in which they’d necessarily be interested beyond the 2018 season. Instead, they were looking for a player they could use right now — in the final quarter of the season, and the postseason beyond.

Whether Benjamin will drop right into the Chiefs offense — or whether he will simply be another player to provide depth behind players like Chris Conley and Gehrig Dieter — remains to be seen. But Thursday’s signing of Benjamin makes a lot more sense now.