Bills head coach Sean McDermott believes McCoy (ankle) will be a good fit in the team's new offensive system, buffalobills.com reports. "Well I think if you ask most defensive coordinators, LeSean's probably a fit for most offenses and ours is no different," said McDermott. "I'm excited about seeing LeSean in our offense." McCoy has been mentioned in offseason rumors as a potential cap casualty, but it sounds as if the team's new leadership envisions him playing a starring role in offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's stretch zone scheme. The 28-year-old has already proven to be effective in a variety of offensive systems through eight NFL seasons, most recently rushing for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns on 234 carries (5.4) in 2016. McCoy dealt with a slew of nagging injuries the past few years -- including a high-ankle sprain at the end of 2016 -- but he'll likely be healthy by the time OTAs begin in mid-to-late April.
Interim head coach Anthony Lynn said after Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Jets that McCoy didn't return due to a high-ankle sprain, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo reports. Prior to his departure from the Bills' final game of the season, McCoy managed five carries for 10 yards and one catch for six yards. While his recovery from the sprain could impact his availability for the fifth Pro Bowl of his career on Jan. 29, he should be fully recovered once the offseason program kicks off in April.
McCoy was forced out of Sunday's season finale agains the Jets with an ankle injury. With McCoy -- who logged five carries for 10 yards prior to his exit -- out for the rest of the game, Mike Gillislee is now in line to handle the bulk of the Bills' Week 17 rushing duties.
McCoy, who sat out practice Wednesday because he was sick, is no longer listed on the Bills' Week 17 injury report. McCoy is thus on track to suit up Sunday against the Jets and in the process is in line to lead the Bills' Week 17 rushing attack. He'll be working under a new coach (Anthony Lynn) and taking handoffs from EJ Manuel instead of Tyrod Taylor, but McCoy has been healthy and on a roll of late, so he has a chance to finish the season strong, in any context.
McCoy did not participate in Wednesday's practice because he was sick. We'll see if the veteran is able to get back at it as soon as Thursday, while it'll be worth monitoring anything interim coach Anthony Lynn says about how he'll use his normal starters in a meaningless finale. The team has already pulled Tyrod Taylor out of the game, but there's some salary issues behind that decision, while McCoy is under contract and has some season milestones he can reach.
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