610 Sports' Carrington Harrison Tweeted that for a sourceKansas City Chiefs' wide receiver Sammy Watkins injured his foot during Thursday's practice session.
SOURCE: Sammy Watkins injured himself in practice yesterday and had an MRI. Could be significant.
– Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) December 7, 2018
For review: Watkins first injured during the game of week 9 against the Cleveland Browns on the foot. He did not play against the Arizona Cardinals on Week 10 and saw only five snapshots on Monday night's Los Angeles Rams game. He was once targeted and had a catch for four meters. Then he missed the game on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
Watkins did not practice at all before the Raiders game and participated in limited numbers on Wednesday's and Thursday's training sessions this week, suggesting that there was at least some hope that he could play against the ravens this Sunday.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Watkins tried to "put into practice [Thursday] and could not. "
One reason why the signing of Kelvin Benjamin for the #Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins tried to train yesterday and could not get his foot off yet and the rest could be the only answer. With the impending playoffs, the best option is likely to rest until January.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2018
Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star agreed with a timetable,
Clarification: This includes the three weeks he has already missed. So he's probably out on Sunday and then week after week.
– Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) December 7, 2018
In the light of these recent reports Thursday signing of the Free Agent Kelvin Benjamin was probably tactical instead of strategically. In other words, the Chiefs did not think of Benjamin as a player they are necessarily interested in after the 2018 season. Instead, they were looking for a player they could use right now – in the last quarter of the season and the postseason afterwards.
Whether Benjamin gets straight into the Chiefs' offensive – or if he'll just be another player behind players like Chris Conley and Gehrig Dieter remains to be seen. But the signing of Benjamin on Thursday now makes much more sense.