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Sammy Watkins Progressing Toward Return

Isaiah De Los Santos
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins is progressing toward a return from his injury.
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins is progressing toward a return from his injury. / Peter Aiken/Getty Images
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The Kansas City Chiefs look primed to defend their Super Bowl champion status come the NFL Playoffs. The Chiefs have surrounded quarterback Patrick Mahomes with a bevy of options, creating one of the league's best passing offenses. That offense could even get another piece back as wide receiver Sammy Watkins is progressing toward a return from his injury.

Watkins was a "full go" at practice on Wednesday, signaling that the receiver is close to making his anticipated return.

With the wideout being hampered by a hamstring injury since Week 5, it's a great sign that Watkins is fully participating at practice ahead of Week 11.

Watkins caught 2 passes for 24 yards and 1 touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5 before being forced to exit due to that hamstring injury, which has kept him out of action since. In the four prior games when the receiver was healthy, he averaged 6.8 targets, 4.8 receptions, and 49.5 yards per game.

Kansas City has no shortage of receiving weapons, with Travis Kelce (80) and Tyreek Hill (72) seeing the bulk of targets, but there's room for Watkins to establish himself as a third option in a pass-heavy offense (league-leading 294.7 yards per game) if he's ready to return.


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