It was a somewhat painful news day for the Buffalo Bills Monday.
Hours after the team announced first round pick Shaq Lawson will undergo shoulder surgery, it was reported receiver Sammy Watkins previously broke a small bone in his foot. According to the Buffalo News, he had surgery on the injury about a month ago.
Per the News:
While the Bills are hopeful that Watkins will be ready for training camp, it's another blow to a team that just announced first-round pick Shaq Lawson would need shoulder surgery. The third-year wide receiver broke the bone in his foot, sources say, and had a screw inserted about a month ago. Injuries have dogged Watkins' promising NFL career to date and now he'll need to overcome another one. When the break occurred is unknown, though another source indicated that Watkins played through stress fractures last season.
The Bills, meanwhile, are calling the linebacker Lawson's surgery a "pre-emptive measure." A statement from the team reads:
"While he could continue to play, the Bills medical staff has determined that surgery is the best course of action for the overall health of his shoulder moving forward. He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program. Shaq is scheduled for surgery tomorrow on his shoulder with a rehabilitation program to follow. A timetable for his return is still being established."