Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will not play in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
McCoy was listed as doubtful for the game with a hamstring injury, and few expected he would be able to suit up for the important rivalry game against the Steelers. McCoy was dealing with the same injury last week, when many thought the Bills would rule him out for rest and recuperation.
They did not, however, and McCoy ended up aggravating the injury, which made his status against New England shaky. Hamstring injuries are notorious for being some of the worst injuries to try and return from too early, because where one week may have sufficed initially for recovery, re-aggravated hamstrings can sideline a player for weeks.
The Bills, obviously, will be hoping that isn’t the case. But this game against the Patriots is perhaps the team’s most important game they will play this season, so losing a player like McCoy is a big deal. Mike Gillislee will be the lead back on Sunday, though he too is dealing with an injury.
McCoy has 598 yards and six touchdowns on 112 carries this season. Gillislee has 22 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns, with a per-carry average of 6.2 yards in his limited time.