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LeSean McCoy has a chance to play Sunday, per report

Buffalo’s star running back sprained his ankle, but seems to have avoided a major injury

The playoff-bound Buffalo Bills may have caught major break with regard to star running back LeSean McCoy. Shady injured his ankle during the third quarter of Sunday’s 22-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins. What appeared to be a serious leg injury led to McCoy being carted off the field, seemingly in quite a bit of pain.

X-rays on the injured ankle were negative, according to Adam Schefter’s sources, which was the first bit of good news. The second bit of good news came Monday morning from Ian Rapoport, who said that McCoy could possibly play next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That means McCoy avoided the dreaded high ankle sprain in favor or the normal, run-of-the-mill sprain.

“Bills RB LeSean McCoy, who sprained his ankle yesterday, has a chance to play in the playoffs, source said. If he does, he’ll be gimpy and not 100%. The extra day -- Sunday, not Saturday game -- helps,” tweeted Rapoport.

Obviously, Buffalo’s offense is far better with McCoy in the backfield than with any of the other rushing options the team has. A gimpy McCoy is better than no McCoy at all, so if he can go, it would provide a serious boost to Buffalo’s chances of winning the game.

The practice reports will be worth monitoring as the week progresses, but it’s probable that McCoy will be listed as “questionable” heading into Buffalo’s first playoff game in 18 years and he probably won’t practice all week.