EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins does not believe that he will need another surgery on his broken left foot this offseason.
"As of right now, no," he said after Sunday's season-ending loss to the New York Jets. "I think the biggest thing was finishing the season, and probably Monday when we do physicals or whatever, they'll basically give me the outline on my offseason, whether I should get surgery or not. I'm leaning towards not."
Watkins left for the locker room to be evaluated for a hip injury in the second half of Sunday's finale; he did not return. Watkins said he "got popped pretty hard" earlier in the game and began feeling tight at halftime.
"I tried to tough through it and push through it," he said. "I think it's probably a groin or hip pointer, but I'm fine."
If Watkins can avoid surgery this offseason, it will be his first full offseason in the NFL without undergoing a medical procedure. He had surgery on his hip during the 2015 offseason and had surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot last offseason. In recent weeks, Watkins had kept open the possibility of a second surgery on his foot.
"That is definitely what I'm happy about: having an offseason," he said Sunday. "I can go to the facility and work on the things I need. Honestly, for the last three years, I've just been getting by with talent and the coaches putting me in situations, but now I get to focus on having a legit offseason. I can train with the top receivers. Stuff like that is what I'm looking forward to."
Without the need to rehab an injury, Watkins believes he will have more time to train his body for the rigors of an NFL season.
"Just being in the best shape, getting on that track, getting in track shape, being in shape," he said. "Then putting my body in the worst conditions, so when it's fourth quarter, I can keep pushing through. Building my body up to take blows. Stuff like that, I didn't have the time to do that, so I was just always getting popped up or hurt, injured here. I never had an offseason. I think that's one of the things: You got to have a nice offseason and get as much work as you can in."