ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Chalk it up as a rookie mistake.
When Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins returned to practice -- on a limited basis -- Tuesday following a rib injury, he was optimistic about his chances in playing in Saturday's preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I'm fine, I could go out there and practice if I need to," Watkins said after Tuesday's practice. "But the thing is doing it without pain, but I could play a full game right now. It's just being safe."
Coach Doug Marrone had a message for the fourth-overall pick after those comments: Hush.
"I told Sammy that you can't talk about injuries," Marrone said after Saturday's game. "That's what gets you in a bind and it doesn't make us look good when you start saying those things. The doctor, at the end of the day, said he couldn't play."
Watkins wasn't in uniform Saturday against Tampa Bay and might also sit out Thursday's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions.