Bills trade Watkins and Darby in shake-up

The Washington Post - - PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL -

The Buf­falo Bills shook up their ros­ter with two block­buster trades Fri­day, deal­ing wide re­ceiver Sammy Watkins to the Los An­ge­les Rams and ac­quir­ing wide re­ceiver Jor­dan Matthews from the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in ex­change for cor­ner­back Ron­ald Darby.

The Bills ac­quired cor­ner­back E. J. Gaines from the Rams.

Buf­falo also con­tin­ued stock­pil­ing 2018 draft picks by get­ting a sec­ond-round se­lec­tion from Los An­ge­les and a third-rounder from Philadel­phia. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade.

DOL­PHINS: Quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill will have surgery to re­pair the torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his left knee and will miss the en­tire sea­son, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion said.

The per­son con­firmed the de­ci­sion on the con­di­tion of anonymity. Tan­nehill will be placed on in­jured re­serve, the per­son said.

Also, rookie line­backer Raek­won McMil­lan will miss the en­tire sea­son with a torn ACL in his right knee, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said. The per­son con­firmed that di­ag­no­sis on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

RAVENS: Quar­ter­back Joe Flacco, mak­ing good progress from a back in­jury, will soon re­turn to prac­tice but won’t play in a preseason game, Bal­ti­more an­nounced.

Also, offensive line­man Alex Lewis will miss the 2017 sea­son with a shoul­der in­jury and rookie wide re­ceiver Tim White will have sea­son-end­ing surgery on his thumb, the team said.

JAGUARS: Jack­sonville has re­leased left tackle Bran­den Al­bert, mak­ing him a free agent.

The Jaguars and Al­bert had been locked in a stale­mate over how the sides would part ways af­ter the 32-year-old re­tired and then told the team he changed his mind.

BRON­COS: Nose tackle Billy Winn will miss the 2017 sea­son with a right knee in­jury, a per­son with knowl­edge of the di­ag­no­sis said. The per­son, speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said Winn tore lig­a­ments in his right knee, in­clud­ing the ACL.

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