Quick Hits: McCoy sits out Friday practice

Posted Sep 15, 2017

LeSean McCoy got a veteran rest day Friday, but should be good to take on a full workload Sunday against Carolina.

McCoy sits out Friday practice
The Bills are relatively healthy for Sunday’s game at Carolina, and they’d like to keep it that way, especially when it comes to feature back LeSean McCoy.

McCoy is sitting out Friday’s practice due to some groin soreness.

“It’s a rest day,” said head coach Sean McDermott of McCoy. “He’s got some groin soreness, but nothing to be concerned about. It was a scheduled rest day and we’re going to do that once in a while with our veteran guys.”

When asked if he’s confident that McCoy will be able to take on a full workload Sunday against the Panthers, McDermott said the following.

“Very confident,” he said.

Leonard Johnson a go for Sunday
Bills nickel corner Leonard Johnson was a Thursday addition to the team’s injury report with a quad injury. But McDermott isn’t concerned about Johnson’s availability for Sunday’s game.

“He’s got a little bit of a quad (strain). We limited him in practice Thursday, but nothing to be concerned about.”

McDermott said Johnson will be good to play his normal slot corner role on Sunday.

McDermott staying visible around locker room
After seeing Carolina head coach Ron Rivera make use of an auxiliary office near the team’s locker room to stay in close proximity to the players during the week, Sean McDermott set up one of his own after being named head coach of the Bills.

With his main office on the second floor at One Bills Drive, he doesn’t want there to be distance between himself and his players.

“It’s about me being around,” McDermott said. “Not just myself, but all our coaches and support staff. We’re around our players so there’s a not a divide. A lot of buildings are set up where floor one is the locker room and floor two is everyone’s office. Well the dynamic there… how do you communicate?

“I want to know the pulse of our football team and you get that by being around. Whether it’s the locker room or the meeting rooms. Being able to feel that I think is important as a leader and also to be able to listen to what is going on and the communication between players and coaches, coaches and players.”

McDermott was seen in the players’ locker room twice this week. He didn’t spend an inordinate amount of time there, but enough to get a sense of the collective team psyche.

“Just in terms of where we are as a team week to week. What’s the vibe going on in the locker room,” he said. “Where do I want it to be as opposed to where we are?

“I have a leadership council and that’s part of that also. Then having the office down here allows me to be more readily accessible. Bringing a player in or having a coach in. Those are good dynamics for the meetings I like to have in there. The relationships that are built from being around one another.

“It’s hard to develop that when you’re living in two different houses. So, I want the players to know they can come upstairs just the same. Let’s talk life, football, current events, whatever it is.”