The Buffalo Bills were without some key players at team practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and running back LeSean McCoy both missed the practice session for a concussion and a hamstring injury, respectively.
Buffalo did get wide receiver Robert Woods back for the session, practicing on a limited basis with a foot injury. Woods missed the team’s last game and did not practice at all last week while he had his foot in a boot. A limited practice on Wednesday puts him on track to return for the team’s next game, a showdown with the New England Patriots.
Woods is the team’s top receiver. Goodwin isn’t as big a player for them, but this is the second time he’s been in the league’s concussion protocol this season, both times for hard hits on the turf.
McCoy is the biggest name. Hamstring injuries can be tricky, often times taking exponentially longer to heal if not given adequate time the first time around. The Bills had McCoy play against the Dolphins despite him not being 100 percent, and he aggravated the injury. Now his status for a showdown with the Patriots is up in the air.
Backup Mike Gillislee was limited in practice with a foot injury Wednesday. He’ll likely be in action against the Patriots and with McCoy ailing, he’ll be an important player in the game.