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Report: Sammy Watkins is expected to miss time

The Chiefs wide receiver injured his hamstring in the game against the Raiders.

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is expected to miss some time after suffering a hamstring injury in the team’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Watkins, 27, pulled up holding his leg after a play during the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Schefter notes that doctors are still evaluating the injury.

The Chiefs’ next four games are at Buffalo, at Denver, home against the New York Jets and home against the Carolina Panthers before a currently-scheduled bye week. Watkins sounded to be in good spirits as he tweeted from his official account early Sunday evening.

Our own Matt Lane discussed the difficulty the Chiefs may have replacing Watkins in his three big takeaways after the game. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid outlined Watkins’ role during his Monday press conference.

The Chiefs came to a new one-year contract agreement with Watkins this offseason to keep him in Kansas City for the 2020 season. Watkins has not played a full 16-game season since his rookie year — 2014 as a member of the Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs’ other receivers currently on the roster include Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle. If Watkins may miss at least three weeks, the Chiefs could place him on injured reserve and call back Marcus Kemp, who was recently assigned to the practice squad.

Watkins compiled 21 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns — including one against the Raiders — this season before his injury on Sunday.