On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills and head coach Sean McDermott said they'll use star running back LeSean McCoy as much as they want on game days, saying it will be "whatever it takes to win." On Thursday, the Bills were without the best player on their roster for the first part of team drills.
McCoy was not present during the media viewing portion of Thursday's practice due to an illness, but the team did say he was in the facility in the morning. As the practice went on, and after the media was escorted out for the closed session, McCoy made his return to the field.
Head coach Sean McDermott said that at this point, there wasn't any question in his mind if LeSean McCoy would be able to play. He said the runner "had a great practice," upon returning to the field.
Without McCoy, the Bills were down to the running back by committee trio of Mike Tolbert, Joe Banyard, and Taiwan Jones during the part of the session that McCoy couldn't take part it.
Other Practice Notes
- For the second straight day, left tackle Cordy Glenn appeared to be working as a full participant. On Wednesday, the Bills proclaimed that he would get the start at left tackle, though after the practice, Glenn told 7ABC that they've been managing his reps to this point. There isn't any indication if Glenn, the most successful Bills offensive tackle from the University of Georgia since Jonas Jennings, will need to sit some series out on Sunday and allow rookie Dion Dawkins to play. Head coach Sean McDermott wouldn't shed any light on it Thursday, only saying that they're going to manage it.
- Wide receiver Jordan Matthews also appeared to be a full participant on Thursday -- as he's working towards his first regular season start, as well as his first game action as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Matthews is attempting to comeback from a chip fracture in his sternum, and although he's expected to start, there isn't any indication to this point how much time on the field he'll be used on Sunday. If Matthews can't play every snap, Andre Holmes would likely get that time on the field. Though after practice, Matthews said that he expects to be a full go on Sunday.
- For the second straight day, the Buffalo Bills were without defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (concussion protocol) and rookie linebacker Tanner Vallejo (knee). Unless they get back on the field for practice on Friday, the outlook for them playing this weekend against the New York Jets is likely slim.