ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Conflicting reports from Thursday about the availability of RB LeSean McCoy, left Bills fans in a confused panic before practice commenced at One Bills Dr. on Friday. As it did though, minds were slowly put to ease at the sight of the No. 25 stretching and participating in individual drills during the open portion of the session.
Afterward, Rex Ryan provided some much needed clarity to the situation revealing the team’s official Week 7 injury report, which listed McCoy as questionable with a left hamstring injury.
“Well, I mean he’s questionable for the game. We’ll see how it goes,” Ryan said. “Again, like I said, we’re confident in those guys we have behind him, but we’re not ruling Shady out at all … We’ll be smart with him, but he looked pretty good [today].”
Initially, late Thursday afternoon, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that McCoy had already been ruled out for Sunday, adding that the hamstring injury could take several weeks of recovery. That report was later refuted by John Wawrow of the Associated Press, who was told by sources that the Bills hadn’t made any decisions on McCoy and that the 28-year-old would likely be a game-time decision.
Turns out the latter report proved to be more accurate.
“I didn’t do a lot of reps today,” McCoy said after practice. “Just very limited, seeing how I feel. So, we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
The Bills top back explained that the injury was to his left leg – the same leg as last year, despite McCoy saying otherwise – and was not of the same severity as 2015.
“It’s not as bad,” he said. “Each day you know I’m getting treatment. Training staff does a great job with me. Just trying to be smart. It’s a long season, but this is a game we must win.”
Buffalo will determine whether or not he plays against the Dolphins based off of his performance and pain level during pregame warmups on Sunday.
Losing McCoy even for a game would obviously be a massive loss for a Bills offense that leads the league in rushing with 999 yards and a 166.5 yards per game average. Shady has accounted for 587 of that on his own, a figure that puts him in second only to Ezekiel Elliot on the league’s rushing leaderboard.
If he’s not able to play in Miami, Mike Gillislee would be the next man up for Buffalo at running back. Gilislee lacks the agility and shiftiness of Shady, but has proven to be a very capable back. As a fill in at RB last season Gillislee rushed for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns in just five games.
Among the other injured players ahead of Week 7 only T Seantrel Henderson (back) has been ruled out, while DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring) and WR Roberts Woods (foot) were designated as doubtful.
Woods has been spotted around the locker room this week in a walking boot and on Thursday was very vague about what exactly is wrong in his foot, only saying there wasn’t a break. His very unlikely status for this weekend means Marquise Goodwin will be the Bills top receiver in Miami.
TE Charles Clay (ankle), FB Jerome Felton (back), T Cordy Glenn (ankle), OL Patrick Lewis (knee), CB Kevon Seymour (shoulder) and DT Kyle Williams (neck) were all listed as questionable along with McCoy.
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