| Bills' McCoy and Watkins probable to play -- Wed Nov 11 3:20 pm --|
Offensive line banged up
|ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is expected to play, though it's uncertain who will be available to block for him against the New York Jets on Thursday night.
The Bills on Wednesday listed McCoy's status as probable after he was limited in practice because of a sore right shoulder. Receiver Sammy Watkins (left ankle) and defensive end Mario Williams (calf) are listed as probable.
(AP - Sport)|
FF Today's Take: It looks like Buffalo will two of its biggest play makers available for Thursday night's tilt with the Jets. LeSean McCoy (shoulder) will likely split time with Karlos Williams leaving their fantasy outlooks less than desirable on a short week. Sammy Watkins is coming off a huge performance against Miami will no doubt receive the "Revis Island" treatment. It may be tough to sit Watkins with so many teams on bye but fantasy owners may want to consider other options with greater upside.
| Rex Ryan believes McCoy will play Thursday -- Tue Nov 10 11:38 am --|
Bills coach reportedly "not real sure" of RB's role
|ESPN Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) on Twitter:
"Rex Ryan says he believes LeSean McCoy will play Thursday. 'How significant his role will be? I’m not real sure right now.' (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: That's not necessarily very clear news of McCoy's touches, but the shoulder strain, as it's being called, likely means a larger workload for rookie RB Karlos Williams, who's been magnificent when healthy. Both backs should be considered RB2s until a clear picture emerges.
| Looking good for Alshon Jeffery, Marty Bennett -- Sun Oct 18 7:20 am --|
Both expected to play
|Two big-time playmakers — Bears WR Alshon Jeffery & Bills RB LeSean McCoy — are slated to return to play after missing several games (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Bears have been tight lipped about Jeffery's status this week but he's expected to play along with Martellus Bennett (quad) giving Cutler two big weapons in the passing game. The Lions are beatable through the air making both players recommended options in Week 6.
| LeSean McCoy probable, Taylor questionable -- Fri Oct 16 12:01 pm --|
Workload for McCoy unclear
|LeSean McCoy: "I just want to go out there and see what I can do. ... I look forward to playing." Says they'll talk tomorrow about workload. (Mike Rodak on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: McCoy was able to practice on a limited basis this week. With the team missing Karlos Williams (concussion) and Anthony Dixon being a less than desirable option, McCoy is going to give it a go. It's going to be hard for fantasy owners to trust him as a RB2 and his risk for re-injury is high. Tyrod Taylor will likely be inactive this week. Expect EJ Manuel to start at quarterback.
| Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy both out -- Fri Oct 9 6:40 pm --|
Anthony "Boobie" Dixon likely to see the bulk of the rushing work
|The Buffalo Bills' backfield remains haggard as we approach the weekend. Both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) missed practice again Friday, per Chris Brown of the team's official website. Both McCoy and Williams are officially out for Sunday's clash with the Titans. Williams remains in concussion protocol. With the injuries mounting, Boobie Dixon likely will get the start, with newly signed Dan "Boom" Herron a candidate to see a heavy workload out of the Bills' backfield. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Anthony Dixon's a bruising back who was serviceable but unspectacular for the Bills' last season. Don't expect much from the 28-year-old this week, even in a favorable matchup with the Titans.
| Karlos Williams, McCoy miss practice Thu. -- Thu Oct 8 12:15 pm --|
Anthony Dixon likely to start
|All signs continue to point to Boobie Dixon being the Buffalo Bills' starting running back Sunday in Tennessee. Granted, Cierre Wood or Dan "Boom" Herron could also be mixed in. But rookie Karlos Williams (concussion) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) were not at Thursday's practice. (The Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: If Williams can't get cleared by this weekend, Anthony Dixon would get the start with Cierre Wood filling a backup role. Dixon is more of a RB/FB hybrid and lacks big play ability but can be in the RB2 discussion this week against the Titans based on volume.
| Dixon to start if Karlos Williams can't play -- Wed Oct 7 9:58 am --|
Williams in cocussion protocol
|Rex Ryan says Boobie Dixon is the No. 1 RB if McCoy/Williams cannot play but adds "hopefully we'll have one of those guys (vs Titans)." (Tyler Dunne on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Karlos Williams along with Sammy Watkins (calf) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. There's still hope that Williams will be cleared before Sunday but if he isn't, Anthony Dixon would get the start and be on the RB2 radar against the Titans.
| Karlos Williams in concussion protocol -- Tue Oct 6 9:02 am --|
Bills RB is questionable for Week 5
|Karlos Williams sustained a concussion during the Week 4 game against the Giants, but was not diagnosed until Monday night. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It's possible to pass through the protocol in less than a week, but Williams should be considered questionable for Week 5. With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) out at least another couple weeks, the Bills would turn to Boobie Dixon, Cierre Wood and likely another live body if Williams can't go. It's also not outside the realm of possibility that the Bills put some running plays in for Percy Harvin.
| McCoy, Watkins likely out for Bills in Week 4 -- Thu Oct 1 7:15 pm --|
RB could rest until hamstring is 100 percent
|The Bills won’t officially rule out either player, but there appears to be little chance that running back LeSean McCoy or wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the lineup against the Giants this weekend. McCoy has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks and said earlier this week that he thought there would be some benefit to sitting out this week’s game in hopes of getting himself closer to 100 percent for Week Five and beyond. Watkins suffered a calf injury last Sunday and, like McCoy, hasn’t practiced this week.
“We won’t say out. But yeah, you guys can figure it out,” Ryan said, via Joe Buscaglia of WKBW. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The Bills are taking the approach with McCoy they probably should have used in Week 1, but at least they sound committed to getting "Shady" healthy. Karlos Williams should be considered a must-start, even against a Giants' defense that has been pretty stout so far. Robert Woods and Percy Harvin should see extensive action in Watkins' absence, although Charles Clay is likely to be the best fantasy play of the pass-catching options.
| Rex on McCoy: "doesn't look good" for Week 4 -- Wed Sep 30 11:13 am --|
Bills RB won't practice Wednesday
|Rex Ryan admitted Wednesday it "doesn't look good" for LeSean McCoy's availability this week against the New York Giants. "He's certainly not 100 percent. We're holding him out from practice. (There is) a real possibility he won't play," Ryan said, via WGR Radio's Sal Capaccio. "Is it worth the time to get him near or 100 percent? We're weighing that right now."
The running back won't practice on Wednesday.
FF Today's Take: It sounds like the Bills may leave McCoy on the sidelines this week in hopes of getting him healthy for Week 5 and beyond. Rookie Karlos Williams would likely get the start if McCoy sits and would be a nice RB2 option against the Giants this week.
| LeSean McCoy still dealing with hamstring injury -- Mon Sep 28 5:50 pm --|
Appears unsure if he'll play in Week 4
|The hamstring LeSean McCoy injured in training camp is still bothering him. He can’t shift from third to fourth gear - let alone fifth. “I can’t get that acceleration,” he said, “that burst.”
So even McCoy isn’t sure if he’ll play next week. As he said, “We’re going to find out.” Whether McCoy takes a full week or two to rest or is put on a more disciplined pitch count, expect to see much more of rookie Karlos Williams. As McCoy gritted through his injury - averaging 1.5 yards per carry - Williams continued to burst onto the scene in Buffalo’s 41-14 win Sunday with 110 yards on 12 attempts. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: This is yet another reminder that if a back is having trouble staying healthy before the start of the season, he is a poor bet to get healthy once it starts. It would be best for all parties involved to let McCoy heal up because Williams has proven himself more than capable of holding the fort down.
| "Shady" McCoy questionable for Sunday -- Fri Sep 18 4:40 pm --|
Bills' star RB still dealing with hamstring issues
|The Bills had to put wraps on running back LeSean McCoy during Thursday’s practice after he complained of tightness and soreness in the hamstring that kept him off the field for a good chunk of August and that’s left his status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots in some doubt. McCoy was listed as questionable for the game after another limited practice on Friday and coach Rex Ryan said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, that there’s a “little bit of a concern” about his ability to get on the field for the clash between 1-0 AFC East teams. One of McCoy’s backfield mates doesn’t share the coach’s concern about McCoy being in the lineup. “Shady, he’s gonna go,” Karlos Williams said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “He’s gonna be able to go. It’s Shady, he’s a big-time player, he makes big-time plays. … There’s no doubt in my mind he’s gonna go. … I guarantee you he’s gonna 100 percent on Sunday.” (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Perhaps hampered by his sore hamstring, McCoy didn't look like his elusive self in week one, managing just 41 yards on 17 carries. He looked a little less limited in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 46 yards. The Patriots' defense can be vulnerable against the run, as we saw DeAngelo Williams torch them for 127 yards in the 2015 NFL season opener. But if McCoy is hurting or ineffective Sunday, the Bills will probably lean more heavily on rookie Karlos Willams who had an impressive debut last week.
| McCoy pulled from practice w/ tight hamstring -- Thu Sep 17 5:55 pm --|
Was just removed from injury report on Wednesday
|The Buffalo Bills pulled star RB LeSean McCoy out of practice Thursday after he experienced tightness in his hamstring. "Do I expect him to play?" coach Rex Ryan said. "I certainly hope so." The Bills host the New England Patriots on Sunday. If McCoy isn't able to play, the Bills would turn to rookie Karlos Williams, the team's leading rusher in their Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
McCoy suffered a hamstring injury during training camp. He was removed from the injury report Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Owners have reason to be concerned about McCoy's ability to hold up this season given the fact this is the second known hamstring issue he's had since August. Ryan hasn't ruled McCoy out and probably wouldn't do so until Sunday, but his less-than-glowing "I certainly hope so" reply doesn't exactly breed a lot of confidence in his ability to handle a full workload against New England in Week 2. Williams needs to be owned in all leagues until McCoy is cleared.
| Rex Ryan on McCoy: "He'll be ready to roll" -- Wed Sep 9 9:55 am --|
Bills RB recovering from hamstring injury
|"LeSean McCoy will be practicing in full today. He'll be ready to roll."
(Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Good news for McCoy owners. Assuming there are no setbacks in practice this week he should received a decent workload on Sunday against the Colts. It won't be a surprise if he's limited though considering he's missed a good portion of practices the last month.