The Buffalo Bills held a pair of starters out of practice on Wednesday, casting some doubt on their availability for this week’s game against the Detroit Lions.
According to Bills reporter Chris Brown, running back LeSean McCoy, who injured his hamstring after just two carries and one yard in Sunday’s loss against the New York Jets, did not practice Wednesday. Kicker Stephen Hauschka, who was injured via a cheap shot from Jets’ defensive lineman Henry Anderson, also did not practice. The team categorized Hauschka’s injury as a hip.
Cornerback Ryan Lewis, who suffered a concussion during the game against New York, remains in the protocol, and did not practice today. Quarterback Derek Anderson also remains in concussion protocol. He was limited, as he has been for a few weeks now. Anderson suffered the initial concussion late in the fourth quarter of Buffalo’s loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football all the way back on October 29th.
Rookie running back Keith Ford was promoted from the practice squad today, and with McCoy missing practice, it’s possible he’ll see action on Sunday. Safety Dean Marlowe was also promoted from the practice squad, and while he doesn’t play corner, the Bills do have four healthy corners on the roster in Tre’Davious White, Levi Wallace, Lafayette Pitts, and Denzel Rice. They also have safeties who can play inside corner—really all of them except for Marlowe—so it’s possible that the defensive secondary is already set for Sunday. If they feel that they need an extra corner, they do have one on the practice squad in Xavier Coleman.
If Hauschka is unable to practice by the end of the week, the Bills will need to find a kicker, as well. The team had former Penn State kicker Tyler Davis on the roster during training camp, but he was cut in the preseason after missing his lone field goal attempt, a 45-yard boot, against the Cleveland Browns. However, head coach Sean McDermott did express confidence in Hauschka being ready to play on Sunday.
In some good news, Chris Ivory was a full participant despite a hurt shoulder and Ford’s promotion to the roster. Jason Croom was also a full participant after missing last week’s game against the Jets with a groin injury.