Here’s a little advice for Sammy Watkins: Stop with the medical updates.
First, you say you’re not sure of 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 Bills 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. 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. Last week, TSN.ca got “definitely be available” shortly after camp practices begin on July 30. Over the weekend, ESPN got that he hopes he’s cleared for camp, but “if not, then cool. Get ready for the first game.”
What matters is Watkins getting healthy for the regular season. Ever-changing updates do nothing but raise suspicions that don’t need to be raised … at least, not at this point.