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Sammy Watkins says he'll continue to play injured despite diminished playoff odds

The Bills' remaining playoff hopes effectively went out the window in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Steelers, but Sammy Watkins said he'll continue to play injured despite their diminished postseason chances.

"I'm going to play, there's no doubt in that," Watkins said after the loss. "I'm a competitor. I love to go out there and play with the team. I'm going to be out there on the field."

The Bills needed all hands on deck for their playoff push. Watkins has been playing hurt, with his offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn revealing he still has a broken bone in his foot. Secondary receiver Robert Woods came back Sunday, just three weeks after spraining a knee ligament against the Bengals.

The Bills loss dropped them to 6-7, meaning they'd need almost every break the rest of the way to qualify at 9-7.

"I'm very upset that we didn't make the playoffs, but those are things we have to get over," Watkins said. "Until we learn from it, we won't be in the playoffs. We gotta be a smarter team, a well-coached team, and we have to be prepared every week, week-in and week-out, no matter."

Watkins was asked for his thoughts on the play of Tyrod Taylor and a potential quarterback switch. He deflected, but interestingly didn't mention Cardale Jones' name.

"When they go evaluate what happened today, I don't know what call it's going to be, but I'm going to be prepared whether it's Ty or EJ [Manuel], it doesn't matter."

But, Watkins added later, "I watch film and it's not always the quarterback."

 

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