The Buffalo Bills will be without Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy this week when they take on the New England Patriots. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the runner has been declared out for the contest as he nurses a hamstring injury.
McCoy originally suffered the injury a few weeks back and was forced to miss practice last week. He played in Buffalo’s 28-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, but he left the game early and was clearly not himself. As a result, he did not practice all week.
There was a tiny bit of hope that McCoy would suit up against the Patriots as he was listed as doubtful, but head coach Rex Ryan all but eliminated that thought during a press conference on Friday.
“Obviously he never practiced, so you guys can figure that out,” Ryan told reporters.
With McCoy out, the Bills will rely on Mike Gillislee to carry the load. The veteran has done a very admirable job filling in already this year, posting a 6.2 yards per carry average, so he should be ready for the task.
There will be some good news on the injury-front for the Bills this week. Pro Bowl defensive lineman Marcell Dareus is set to finally return to the lineup. He’s missed the entire season thus far with a suspension and ensuing injury, so Buffalo is very excited to get him back.
“We’ve been anxious and excited to get him back,” Bills’ defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. “It looks like he’s ready to play.”