McCoy missed out on Tuesday's opening day of minicamp due to a stomach illness, but the Bills' No. 1 running back was able to return just one day later. Jonathan Williams assumed first-team duties Tuesday, so he's likely the frontrunner for the role as McCoy's primary backup.
We assume this isn't anything to worry about, so the real takeaway here is that second-year back Jonathan Williams took the starter's role during McCoy's absence. Williams has looked like the guy to own as a handcuff to McCoy ever since the Bills let the Patriots steal away Mike Gillislee, and Tuesday's practice offers even more credence to that notion.
This doesn't sound like much of a concern, as new head coach Sean McDermott said he's been in communication with McCoy, who produced 1,623 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry in 15 games last season. The 28-year-old running back did finish the year on low note when he left the regular-season finale with a high-ankle sprain, but there's been no suggestion the injury is still a concern. McDermott said he isn't worried about when McCoy will arrive at the team facility.
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.