Chiefs’ WR Sammy Watkins is expected to miss time, “possibly a couple weeks”, with a hamstring injury that doctors still are evaluating, per source. Chiefs scheduled to play at Buffalo and at Denver the next two weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2020
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.
on the path you have to trust the process everything happens for a reason that reason doesn’t matter what matters is how I respond that is where the wisdom and the power is at I will be back stronger, wiser and even more fearless until then hold on and enjoy the ride..! #CHIEFS— King me (@sammywatkins) October 11, 2020
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.