Shady watch: Report says no walking boot for LeSean McCoy on Wednesday
By: Nick Wojton
ORCHARD PARK — Round and round we go.
After contradicting reports on Buffalo Bills (9-7) running back LeSean McCoy the last two days, another twist to the tale came on Wednesday.
McCoy did not practice on Wednesday but according to a report from NFL Network, McCoy was spotted walking around the team facility on Wednesday in flip flops.
Kim Jones, who spent the day in Orchard Park with members of the western New York media was the Bills prep for their first playoff game in 17 years on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6), also reported for NFL Network that McCoy was not seen wearing any sort of walking boot.
Along with NFL Network’s report, ESPN reporter Mike Rodak reported that McCoy was spotted leaving the practice field when the team began stretching and reporters entered the practice area.
Buffalo Football Beat did not locate McCoy at Wednesday’s practice.
The latest news from McCoy comes in wake of differing reports on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott said the team received “good news” on McCoy’s injury, one day after he sustained the injury in Buffalo’s season finale against the Miami Dolphins when McCoy was tackled from behind in the third quarter of the 22-16 win.
Meanwhile on Tuesday ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that McCoy would be a “game-time decision” and “close call.”
In addition to prior the mentioned Wednesday reports from NFL Network and ESPN, McDermott called McCoy day-to-day during his Wednesday press conference.
“We’re just going to take it one day at a time right now. He’s not going to practice today, but we’ll take it one day at a time,” McDermott said.
If McCoy cannot play on Sunday against the Jags, the Bills will go with a heavy dose of Marcus Murphy, who was signed off the practice squad last week and veteran Mike Tolbert.
In relief of McCoy last week, both had seven carries each. Murphy had 41 yards (5.9 yards-per-carry) while Tolbert had 39 (5.6).
“Next man up,” McDermott said. “That’s what we’ve done all year. You never replace a player like LeSean. I’ve got a lot of confidence in Mike Tolbert and Murph and whoever else we put in the backfield. They did a nice job this past weekend and I expect them to do the same moving forward.”
But McDermott did recognize that McCoy is a tough player to replace.
McCoy, who typically speaks to the media following practices on Wednesday each week, did not speak in Orchard Park prior to facing the Jags.
Kick between the Bills and Jags on Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m. at EverBank Stadium.