Bills' McCoy uncertain for playoff opener

Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles

"It's definitely a familiar face, a guy I've gone against probably more than anyone else in my career as far as a rep count goes, a guy I've texted with probably weekly since he left, but a really good ball player". He thought Peterman gave the team the better chance to win.

Knowing the focus of this game would naturally be about his time in - and exit from - the city of Buffalo, Marrone was quick to let the media know that the past is just that: the past. "You miss him when he's not out there", quarterback Tyrod Taylor said, referring to McCoy, who's nicknamed 'Shady'. We got some good news this morning.

After missing Wednesday's workout, McCoy returned to the practice field Thursday. Both participating teams haven't seen the playoffs in a long time. Let's not forget that this is the same LeSean McCoy that tried to fight through a hamstring injury down in Miami previous year in October because it was an important game. If I can't get 100 percent, as long as I'm out there, and I can work effective enough, I'll do it.

If McCoy has to sit out, Mike Tolbert and Marcus Murphy will likely receive the bulk of the carries.

A lot of Buffalo's success will come down to the health of LeSean McCoy's ankle. He showed some burst, vision, and provided a spark for the Bills.

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"I will say for a playoff game, everything is ramped up a little bit", said Jaguars punter Brad Nortman, who was the Carolina Panthers' punter when they lost to Denver 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. Without him, Buffalo will have a hard time getting much accomplished against a Jacksonville defense that is one of the best in the league. Outside of the Los Angeles Rams, the Jaguars have the fewest players on the active roster with the fewest playoff game experience in the 12-team field.

Linebacker Matt Milano (hamstring), tackle Jordan Mills (ankle) and receiver Deonte Thompson (shoulder) are also questionable. Rookie runner Leonard Fournette is undoubtedly one of the most talented players at the position they've seen all season, and with how the Bills have struggled to stop the run - it proposes quite a daunting task for Buffalo. It's a big game, I'm trying to get out there. He's quick, reads the play quickly, and can even shed blockers on the way to helping bring down the ball carrier. "We're obviously excited about having him back". The postseason contest is Buffalo's first since 1999. QB Blake Bortles will need to continue on his current path.

On Sunday afternoon, in the second of two NFL AFC Wild Card Games, the Buffalo Bills take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Familiarity is their friend, in this case.

In that respect, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott confirmed there is a chance the six-time Pro Bowler will be available. At least, he'll pretend not to hear it in a press conference setting.

The victor of Sunday's game will become the playoff darling.

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