The second-year receiver returned to practice on Thursday, taking part in individual drills with his fellow pass-catchers, per Chris Brown of the team's official website. While Watkins officially was listed as a DNP for the session (his work was relegated to the side).
Watkins missed Wednesday's session with the calf injury that kept him out of Sunday's loss to the New York Giants. "Everything points to (his injury being) not that severe,"Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday. Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters Thursday that Watkins is close to a return, but it might not be this week.
Ryan called Williams' availability for Sunday "a reach."
This isn't how the Bills planned it, especially with Watkins, the summertime "Making the Leap" candidate who has just seven catches for 99 yards on the year. We won't see this offense at full power until Sammy gets back on track.