Robert Griffin III, Watkins return from injured reserve

By Joe Rodgers 23 November 2016
Robert Griffin III, Watkins return from injured reserve

The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills are getting a pair of playmakers back from injured reserve.

Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III will practice on Wednesday and can play as soon as this week after breaking a bone in his left shoulder in Week 1.

The news comes as a much-needed boost for the Browns, who have five opportunities left to win their first game of the season.

Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Browns this spring after being cut loose by the Washington Redskins, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2012. There were high hopes for a resurgence after a miserable end to his time in Washington, but the injury in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles derailed those thoughts.

The Bills will have Sammy Watkins (foot) back at practice on a limited basis on Wednesday. Watkins, who has had setbacks since off-season foot surgery, is eligible to play as soon as Sunday against Jacksonville Jaguars but suffered the consequences when they rushed him back to begin the season.

Bills general manager Doug Whaley confirmed that Watkins' status will hinge on how his foot responds to the first intense football activity in two months.

The Bills (5-5), who rank last in the league in passing yards per game and 29th in passing average, desperately need Watkins back to stay in playoff contention.

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