Reports are indicating that the Bills will likely be without RB LeSean McCoy, who has been listed as doubtful. He could technically play if there is massive improvement overnight, and the Bills aren’t quite throwing in the towel yet, but it would be vastly more surprising if he took the field than if he didn’t.
Head coach Rex Ryan seemed frustrated when asked about it, saying:
“Obviously he never practiced, so you guys can figure that out.”
He went on to add:
“It’s the same as last week, just the medical they haven’t given us the thumbs up on him being able to play yet.”
McCoy has a hamstring injury. He had missed time and practice with it, tried to come back last week, and was quickly back out of the game. He’s had numerous health issues in the past, so this is something the Bills should have expected.
It leaves the Bills with RB Mike Gillislee as the likely starter. He technically has a foot injury, but it looks like he’ll be ready to go. It will be just the second start of his life. Ryan said:
“I think he’ll be ready. I think he’ll be good. Reggie Bush and (Jonathan) Williams will back him up if Shady can’t play. We’ll play them all.”
As usual, Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick had nothing but praise for his opponent, saying:
“Some of his time has been limited because of McCoy, who has had such an explosive season, but when he’s had a chance to play he’s done a good job. He had a big run against San Francisco, like a 35-yard touchdown. A strong, downhill runner, one cut guy, that’s hard to tackle. Good complementary player to McCoy. They’ve got good depth, and I’m sure we’ll see Jonathan Williams too.”