I give up.
Yesterday, a report came from ESPN’s Josina Anderson that LeSean McCoy, the lynchpin of the Bills’ four-game winning streak, would be out for at least a week and possibly longer with a hamstring injury.
Before the day was through, though, WIVB’s Josh Reed refuted that report, and today the Bills themselves tweeted out a video of McCoy participating in practice. Now, McCoy has been officially listed on the injury report as questionable, and is likely a game-time decision for Sunday’s tilt against the Dolphins.
The lesson here? Between Shady’s hamstring and Sammy Watkins’ foot, don’t trust anything regarding the health of a Bills player until the team puts something out there.
On that note, two other key Bills are unlikely to see the field in Miami. Wide receiver Robert Woods is doubtful with a foot injury, which had apparently been ongoing but was aggravated during the win over the 49ers this past Sunday. Woods had been sporting a walking boot for the last week, and hasn’t practiced at all. In his absence, Marquise Goodwin should become the nominal number-one receiver, although the player that likely stands to benefit the most is newcomer Justin Hunter. The former Dolphin has a catch in each of the last two games, both touchdowns, and figures to be a larger part of what there is of a passing offense this week, which could be a very important role if Shady can’t play.
The same goes for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who has yet to see the field since being reinstated after his four-game suspension ended three weeks ago. The hamstring injury he suffered prior to his scheduled return is likely to keep him out for at least another week, which could be a problem considering Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi diced the Steelers defense for 204 yards in their win last Sunday.
The only player ruled out so far this week is offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, the other player who we have yet to see after a return from a four-week suspension. Henderson’s back has kept him from practicing at all this week, but on a brighter note it appears that Cyrus Kouandjio will be ready to return from the ankle injury he suffered in Week 3. He practice fully for the last two days and isn’t designated on the injury report.
A handful of players are questionable, including some usual suspects. Tight end Charles Clay (ankle) and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) were both limited for the last two days after missing Wednesday’s practice. Both have been regulars on the injury report, but both have also played each of the last three games. Nick O’Leary should continue to rise in influence regardless of Clay’s health, and Kouandjio is a solid reserve should anything happen to Glenn. Offensive lineman Patrick Lewis is also questionable with a knee injury, but has yet to appear in a game this season, even when healthy.
Fullback Jerome Felton (back) was limited on Wednesday and Friday after missing practice Thursday. His back has been an issue for the last few weeks, but he’s suited up and performed well in each game. The Bills don’t have anybody who can really fill Felton’s role if he were to sit, but would likely use some extra tackle-eligible sets with either Kouandjio or Ryan Groy to provide some extra blocking up front.
On the defensive side, the big name to keep an eye on is defensive tackle Kyle Williams. A neck injury has sprung up that limited him for the last two days, an injury made worse by Dareus’ continued absence. Corbin Bryant is still filling his spot, so if Kyle has to sit we’d see an increased presence from Leger Douzable and Jerel Worthy in his place.
Rookie cornerback Kevon Seymour has been limited all week with a shoulder injury he suffered against San Francisco. He’s filled a relatively small role on defense this season, only playing seven defensive snaps against the 49ers. He’s also seen regular action with the special teams unit. Cornerback Corey White, who is back up to speed after a shoulder injury, would be his primary replacement in the defense, while any number of players could rotate in on kick coverage.