Bills' McCoy needs surgery, expected to play next week

Posted at 8:01 PM, Nov 20, 2016

The Buffalo Bills collected a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals -- one they desperately needed -- but saw their star running back exit the contest with a brand new injury. LeSean McCoy left the game in the second quarter due to a thumb injury which then turned the rest of the running game over to backup Mike Gillislee.

According to the team, McCoy will need to have surgery to fix his thumb injury. However, the expectation from the Bills is that they'll have their top running back Sunday in the team's next game against Jacksonville on November 27.

After the game, Bills head coach Rex Ryan said that they were unable to pop McCoy's dislocated thumb back into place, which led them to shut him down the rest of the way. Before he left the game, McCoy rushed for 33 yards on five carries, and had the team's lone touchdown.

In his place Gillislee performed admirably, rushing for 72 yards on 14 carries. If McCoy is either unable to play, or if he's limited against the Jaguars, Gillislee will likely see his role increase as it did against Cincinnati.

At 5-5, the Bills return to the practice field on Wednesday to start preparations for the upcoming crucial contest with Jacksonville.

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