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Bills WR Watkins (calf) expects to face Bengals


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Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who has missed the last two games because of a calf injury, said on Wednesday that he expects to play this week when the Buffalo Bills face the Cincinnati Bengals.

Watkins practiced on Wednesday and said he plans to be in the lineup.

“I understand the presence of me on the field,” Watkins told the Buffalo News. “I feel like the offense has been basic without me out there. … Defenses have been having their way with just stacking the box with the run game. … I think I’m going to open a lot of things up.

” … If (the calf) pops, it pops.”

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor of the Bills is dealing with a knee injury and might not play, but Watkins said he expects backup quarterback EJ Manuel to have “a monster game” against the Bengals.

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