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Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins participates in Thursday’s practice

Sammy Watkins

Earlier in the week, the Kansas City Chiefs had indicated that wide receiver Sammy Watkins would likely be able to play in Monday night’s matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

Those chances have continued to improve as Watkins was able to partake in practice on Thursday, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said earlier this week that there was a “pretty good chance” that wide receiver Sammy Watkins would return to the lineup after missing last Sunday’s game with a foot injury. Those odds are looking even better with Watkins taking part in Thursday’s practice.

There are still some ways before he can be declared ready to go for this week’s action, but his participation in practice shows that he is moving past the nagging foot injury. He will have the next two days of practice to further demonstrate that he is ready to play in this potentially pivotal matchup.

In his first campaign with the Chiefs, Watkins has proven to be a solid option in the passing game as he has recorded 39 catches for 515 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Watkins is also only two games removed from his best performance since joining the Chiefs, where he had eight catches on nine targets for 108 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Denver Broncos.

This is possibly a game for Watkins where he has some personal motivation against his former team to show them what they have missed out on. His lone campaign with the Rams had plenty of ups and downs as he didn’t produce in a manner that was hoped, recording just 39 catches on 70 targets for 593 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Aside from the number of touchdowns he has hauled in, Watkins has just about matched all of that production through nine games with the Chiefs. Ultimately, this is a situation that Kansas City will continue to monitor moving forward.