ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – All of Western New York is holding it’s breath as they wait on pins and needles for the Bills to reveal the status of running back LeSean McCoy ahead of Week 7.
McCoy was one of five players that did not practice on Thursday, and Rex Ryan was vague in regards to his status for Sunday.
“Yeah I mean not much more, we’ll see how he progresses,” Ryan explained. “It wasn’t like it was full blown or anything like that. But we’ll just see. They’re giving him treatment and we’re hopeful that he’ll play Sunday.”
Ryan was also unsure whether or not it was the same hamstring (left) that bothered the 28-year-old last season. While missing a practice this late in the week is never a good thing, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Bills best offensive weapon can’t suit up on Sunday. The Bills head coach wasn’t ready to rule out anyone who didn’t practice today, including McCoy and WR Robert Woods.
Despite Ryan’s hopefulness, a report surfaced after practice via ESPN’s Josina Anderson, stating that McCoy has already been ruled out for Week 7, and that his injury may require several weeks of recovery.
I’m told #Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not playing this Sunday and could miss more time thereafter, depending on healing.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 20, 2016
That initial report was followed by a conflicting one from John Wawrow of the Associated Press, explaining that the team has not disclosed anything in regards to Shady’s status for this week and that he’ll enter Sunday as a “game-time decision.”
— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) October 20, 2016
Holding McCoy out certainly wouldn’t be far-fetched. Even offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn emphasized the importance of allowing the hamstring adequate time to heal.
“Well I don’t want to do what we did last year. I don’t want him playing 85 percent, re-injuring the hamstring and then this thing lingers all year,” Lynn said. “So you just want to get him well, get him back on the field but at this point in the season, nobody is 100 percent.”
At this point a lot remains lost in translation. The AP story aligns more with Ryan’s belief that the injury isn’t serious and that Shady could play this week. Anderson’s report of potentially out “multiple weeks” on the other hand, paints a much different picture.
We’ll likely get more clarity on the situation when the team releases their official Week 7 injury report at the conclusion of Friday’s practice.
As Lynn eluded to they need to be smart here. Obviously the Bills can’t look past any team, but I do think if there is a week to rest McCoy to ensure his hamstring injury doesn’t become a lingering thing, this is the week to do it. Miami limps into Week 7 with the 31st rushing defense in the league. Even if he’s not quite as elusive in space, Mike Gillislee will do just fine especially behind an offense that dominated an equally bad run defense last week. It’s hard to know which report is accurate or garbage, or if parts of both are true. I know the thought of losing McCoy is scary and makes Bills fans anxious because of what his loss would mean to this team, but until the team releases the Week 7 injury report tomorrow, it’s tough to know what the team is thinking.
What does complicate things further – especially if McCoy can’t go – is Robert Woods’ foot injury, which he wouldn’t go as far as saying had a “break” in it, but did a poor job explaining what exactly was wrong. He left a lot up to speculation and had a hard time describing what was wrong. It could be more serious than he’s leading on, although he seems fine just walking around.
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