ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson has recommended that Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins forgo surgery on his injured foot, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The news was first reported by NFL.com. Watkins has been on injured reserve since Sept. 30 but the development means a late-season return is still possible. Watkins is eligible to return to practice Nov. 11, and the earliest he can play is Nov. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, coach Rex Ryan said he was unaware of any development regarding Watkins' health.
After undergoing offseason surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot, Watkins saw limited action in training camp and the preseason before starting the first two games of the regular season. He caught six passes for 63 yards before soreness in his foot sidelined him and eventually landed him on injured reserve.