The Buffalo Bills have been riding high on a four-game win streak, and it looked like everything was trending in the right direction with the return of some key defensive personnel. That was, until Wednesday's practice took place.
Star running back LeSean McCoy, who has been the focal point of the offense and has been one of the best players on the field, could not finish practice due to tightness in his hamstring according to head coach Rex Ryan. The injury was not related in any way to him having to miss some time briefly against the San Francisco 49ers.
When asked if it will possibly impact McCoy's availability for Sunday, head coach Rex Ryan said that the Bills will see how it goes and would not commit to anything past that.
The Bills, 4-2, take on the Miami Dolphins on the road this weekend.
More to come as it becomes available.
Joe B's Take
If it had to cost him any amount of time, this would be an absolutely devastating injury to the Bills heading into what is likely considered to be a winnable game for them on the road. After his hamstring gave him plenty of problems in 2015, it hasn't been an issue during the 2016 season... until now.
McCoy is the key piece to the offense, and has made the rest of it go smoothly over the course of this four-game win streak. Now, it's still early and we don't know the severity of the injury, but if he ended up pulling the hamstring, the Bills could be in a bit of a wait-and-see situation for the next few weeks just given the nature of those injuries for the running back situation.
However, to clarify, that is only speculation at this point.
While the Bills do have Mike Gillislee as their next option, there is a considerable drop-off from McCoy to Gillislee in how efficiently the rushing attack goes. McCoy has been one of the most dynamic players in the NFL in 2016.
If he is unable to play on Sunday, it could significantly impact the potential outcome of the game.