Since the preseason, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has dealt with lingering hamstring issues that have forced him to miss the team's last two games. Thankfully for Bills fans, he is ready to play.
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McCoy Active for Week 6
Sunday, Oct. 18
ESPN's Bob Holtzman noted prior to kickoff that McCoy said his hamstring "feels a lot better" and he expects to play quite a bit.
Holtzman had previously reported that fans shouldn't "expect [a] full load" for McCoy because he is "not 100 percent." Holtzman also noted that McCoy "loves" running against a "bigger (and slower)" defense like that of the Bengals.
Latest on McCoy's Practice Status Ahead of Week 6
Friday, Oct. 16
Ryan Comments on McCoy's Recovery, Timetable to Return
Thursday, Oct. 15
"I know LeSean is getting better," head coach Rex Ryan said on SiriusXM NFL Radio (via Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com). "Is he at 100 percent now? No, certainly he is not, but he is getting better, and we'll see what happens as the week progresses with him. But in the near future—maybe not this week, but in the near future—that would be a possibility."
"What the timetable is, I'm not sure," Ryan added. Ryan later said McCoy is a lot better this week than last week, but the team will see how he progresses, per Brown.
Ryan said he is cautiously optimistic McCoy will play this week, saying, "We'll see," per Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News.
McCoy Comments on Injury Timeline
Friday, Oct. 9
Per Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, McCoy said he has a Grade 2 hamstring pull and will miss three to four weeks. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported Oct. 5 that this is the time frame as "long as he's intent on being 100 percent."
McCoy confirmed his intention to fully heal, saying: "I'm not playing until I'm 100 percent," per Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole had reported Oct. 1 that there is growing concern the issue could linger deep into the season:
Analyzing Bills' Current RB Situation
McCoy's hamstring injury is especially concerning for the Bills because it appears to be of the nagging variety. Buffalo needs its star running back to be healthy and on the field as a feature player in Ryan's run-heavy offense.
McCoy is one of the most explosive players in the league at his best, though his 1,319 rushing yards in 2014 for the Philadelphia Eagles were somewhat disappointing after he racked up 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. The fact that a 1,319-yard campaign was a step back, however, indicates how dangerous Shady has been throughout his career.
While McCoy sat on the bench, the Bills' running back situation was extremely murky. Rookie Karlos Williams filled in as the starter in Week 4 against the New York Giants, but he suffered a concussion and was inactive for Weeks 5 and 6.
Without McCoy, Buffalo will continue to turn to the combination of Boobie Dixon and Dan "Boom" Herron, who split carries against the Titans.
Neither was particularly effective. That has been the case all season for Dixon, who is averaging a mere 1.3 yards per carry on 15 totes.
Buscaglia is among those who don't believe Dixon is a viable option in the Bills' backfield:
While Herron is still acclimating himself to the playbook, offensive coordinator Greg Roman is at least familiar with Dixon from their time together with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Bills were supposed to have a dangerous, run-oriented attack in 2015, but opposing defenses won't be overly fearful of Buffalo's ground game until the Bills prove they are healthy.