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Vic Carucci's Bills Wake Up Call: Sammy should pass on updates

Here's a little advice for Sammy Watkins: Get out of the medical-update business.

First, you say you're not sure of the timetable on your return from offseason surgery to repair the stress fracture in your left foot.

Then, you say you'll miss two or three days of training camp at the most.

Now, you're opening the door to possibly missing camp.

This is exactly why coaches try to be as vague as possible when it comes to discussing injuries. When you offer a date that a player will be back in action, people hold you to it. And when the player isn't back by said date, people get suspicious that the injury is worse than you're letting on or that some setback has occurred.

It's the same with players, who are normally advised by their coaches and the team's medical staff to avoid specifics.

But with Rex Ryan's Bills, the rules on such matters are loose. The muzzles are off.

So whenever someone interviews Watkins and asks about the foot, he offers an answer. Last week, TSN.ca got the "definitely be available" shortly after camp practices begin on July 30. ESPN got that he hopes he's cleared to participate in camp drills, but "if not, then cool. Get ready for the first game."

And the regular season is all that truly matters.

There's absolutely no need for Watkins to do anything that could even slightly cause him to have a setback. He's too critical to the team's fortunes to gamble with that.

Watkins also told ESPN he hasn't run in three or four weeks. Fine. Go three or four more weeks without running if necessary. Go the entire camp and preseason without doing anything.

Of course, if that's the case, there no doubt will be media and fan talk over concerns about Watkins' inability to develop timing with Tyrod Taylor and to get familiar with some of the new route concepts Greg Roman has installed in the offense.

In the end, it's not going to matter all that much. What matters is Watkins being, and especially staying, healthy.

Whenever that is, we'll know it. Ever-changing updates do nothing but raise suspicions that don't need to be raised ... at least, not at this point.

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