The Buffalo Bills announced on Sunday afternoon that running back LeSean McCoy has cleared the concussion protocol. He’s expected to play on Monday night against the New England Patriots, giving the banged-up Bills a set of three running backs to work with as they play their first divisional opponent.
McCoy left last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts after his second carry, when an awkward fall out of bounds caused him to land on his head. The runner, who missed one game earlier this year with a rib injury, is in the middle of the worst season of his career. In an offense that keeps short-circuiting drives with negative plays and penalties, McCoy’s usage has dropped dramatically. He’s on pace for a career-low of 190 touches, he’s moving the ball 4.3 yards per touch (worst in his career), and hasn’t scored a touchdown yet this season. The injuries, and lack of help from his supporting cast, have made it hard for him to get a rhythm going.
If McCoy can get it going, there would be no better time for it than against the Patriots, who destroy the Buffalo Bills like clockwork every year.