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Bills place Watkins on I-R; sign WR Hunter


The Bills made a difficult decision on Friday as they placed Sammy Watkins on injured reserve, and immediately addressed the loss at receiver signing free agent Justin Hunter.

Watkins has been battling pain in his surgically repaired foot since the season opener at Baltimore. He played just four days after the opener in the Bills Thursday night game against the Jets on Sept. 15th, but has not been on the practice field since.

The team's decision to shut Watkins down was anything but surprising. Head coach Rex Ryan said on Friday that he had "major concerns" that Watkins foot problem could be a long term issue.

Buffalo signed three-year vet Justin Hunter to help fill the void left behind by Watkins. Hunter (6-4, 203) was just released by the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. He spent the first three weeks of the 2016 season with Miami after he was released by the Tennessee Titans in early September.

Hunter offers deep speed and size for Buffalo's receiving corps. He's averaged better than 16 yards a reception in his career. The former second-round pick has 68 career catches for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns.


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