The Buffalo Bills acquired running back LeSean McCoy during the offseason as part of a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. On Tuesday, just weeks ahead of the regular season, McCoy went down during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns.
Rex: McCoy has a hamstring injury. Don't know extent. Hamstring is intact; not off bone. MRI coming.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 18, 2015
An MRI showed good news though, and McCoy isn't expected to miss any regular season time. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McCoy is expected to be healthy and ready to return in time for the Bills' opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Last season, McCoy rushed for 1,319 yards on 312 carries but only scored five rushing touchdowns. The seven-year veteran was looking forward to having a heavy load again in Buffalo. He was also eager to make Philadelphia regret putting him on the trading block.
LeSean McCoy walking to locker room with heavy limp. Left leg injury. pic.twitter.com/hDJlkr5g2Y— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 18, 2015
Now the Bills will have to look to seasoned vet Fred Jackson to carry the load in the meantime. Jackson is very capable of taking McCoy's spot in the interim, coming off a season with 141 rushing attempts for 525 yards and two touchdowns.
The addition of more running back talent is also a possibility for the Bills and the team has talked about Ray Rice as potential candidate. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the team has already had internal discussions about Rice, who missed the entire 2014 season while dealing with the backlash of a video showing him strike and knock his then-fiancé unconscious.
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