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Rex Ryan: Sammy Watkins won't make decision to play

Sammy Watkins has been listed as a limited participant in practice this week after missing the past two games with a calf injury. Bill Wippert/AP

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After star receiver Sammy Watkins said Wednesday that he would play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals on his injured calf, even if it meant re-injuring it, coach Rex Ryan pumped the brakes Thursday.

"Yeah, we'll make sure that it won't be his decision, obviously, if that's what he's saying," Ryan said. "We're gonna make sure that ... we'll lean on the experts."

Watkins has been listed as a limited participant in practice this week after missing the past two games with a calf injury suffered in a Sept. 27 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Now on his sixth injury since being drafted fourth overall by the Bills in 2014, Watkins was itching Wednesday to get back in action.

"I definitely should be out there this Sunday, whether I'm hurt [or not]. It's a big game, they're 5-0," he said. "I'm pretty sure they'll probably switch the coverage to my side and leave other guys one-on-one."

Asked about the risk of re-injury, Watkins responded: "Injuries happen every day. I can't really go out there hoping that it doesn't pop. If it does, there's more life to live. You've got the next year and hopefully the next year. I'm going to go out there trying to win a game. If it pops, it pops. If it don't, hopefully I'll be right for the next week."

Ryan has sensed frustration from Watkins.

"Well I would think he's definitely frustrated because as a player, you want to play. You want to be healthy, you want to be playing and you want to be contributing," Ryan said Thursday. "I think his biggest frustration is that even through the training camp, when he had the setbacks and all that, it's obviously been a very frustrating year for him, I would think, to this point.

"But let's get him healthy and get him out there competing. We'll all be happy then."