Schefter states that McCoy has had this injury before and even if the Bills take the safe route and sit him out against the Vikings, it's not expected to be a long-term thing. The running back has also showed an ability to play through pain throughout his career, though we'll know more as practice ramps up later in the week. McCoy owners or non-McCoy opportunists should be looking at the waiver wire for Marcus Murphy and Chris Ivory in the meantime.
McCoy underwent additional tests on his injured ribs Monday that indicated the running back avoided a fracture, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
It's excellent news for McCoy, who was believed to have suffered structural damage after taking a hard hit to his side during Sunday's loss to the Chargers. Even if he had suffered a fracture, McCoy indicated he planned on playing through pain, but the fact that his injury isn't as severe as anticipated should bolster his odds of suiting up Week 3 in Minnesota. Health concerns aside, it's been a tough go for McCoy and the Buffalo offense through the team's first two games, with the 30-year-old managing just 89 total yards on 21 touches (16 carries, five receptions) and having yet to find the end zone.
McCoy, who was forced out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with a rib injury, was spotted "walking with some obvious pain through the Bills' locker room" afterward, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Rodak added that McCoy "declined an interview request, saying he is having trouble speaking because of his rib injury." With McCoy obviously dealing with some discomfort, his Week 2 status now looks uncertain. Next up for the Bills' carries if McCoy misses any time are Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy.
Prior to his exit, McCoy ran nine times for 39 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards. As long as McCoy is sidelined, Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy will handle the Bills' rushing duties.
McCoy, who missed some time this preseason due to hip/groin issues, practiced fully all week and does not appear on this week's injury report.
The 30-year-old is ready for his usual high-volume workload, where he'll serve as the lynchpin if the questionable Buffalo offense is going to have success this season. Even at his age McCoy is still as quick and spry as ever, but questions remain about the new-look offensive line, plus the team could look to guys like Chris Ivory or Marcus Murphy around the goal line in an attempt to keep McCoy fresher throughout the season. Still, there are only a handful of backs that see McCoys' type of volume.
|3||9/23/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/2/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|