The Bills injury list already has some prominent names. On Wednesday, LeSean McCoy and his rib injury was joined by WR Kelvin Benjamin.
“He’s got a little bit of a hip (ailment),” said head coach Sean McDermott.
Benjamin will be limited in practice today along with McCoy, Taiwan Jones, Ray-Ray McCloud, Taron Johnson and Phillip Gaines.
Benjamin did finish Sunday’s game, catching the team’s only touchdown pass.
Jones is trying to return from a nasty head scrape that required stitches after his helmet came off during a fumble play and he was struck by a Chargers helmet on his exposed head. Fortunately, he did not suffer a concussion.
Johnson (shoulder) and Gaines (elbow) are both trying to recover from their injuries in time this week to be available for Sunday’s game in Minnesota.
Battles being waged on offensive line
After leaving the door open on Monday for some potential changes on Buffalo’s offensive line, McDermott would not confirm that any had or would take place. He did however, leave that option open to him and his offensive staff.
“We’ve got some guys in there that are battling and competing with that first group and that second group,” said McDermott. “So, we’re going to continue to look at that.”
The Bills currently rank 31st in total offense, 25th in rushing, 31st in passing and 31st in first downs.
McDermott not worried about McCoy’s off the field situation
A day after LeSean McCoy faced public accusations from his son’s mother that he abused his son, McDermott stated that nothing has changed with respect to the organization’s concerns about whether any off the field issues will take him away from the team.
“Number one LeSean reached out to me (Tuesday) and informed me of the situation, which I appreciate,” said McDermott. “He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. Other than that, nothing has really changed from where we were at training camp. I’ve been pleased with the way he’s handled himself from the start of training camp all the way through and I look forward to having him on the field this week.”
When asked if the club has had to reach out to the league again about any availability concerns, McDermott affirmed that as things stand right now, they feel comfortable that they’ll have McCoy available to them.
“From what we know, to our knowledge and LeSean has been very forthcoming, nothing has changed in terms of our position on that situation. We have the information that we need at this point. Nobody has a crystal ball so we’re going to take it one day at a time right now.
“Part of leading a football team is managing what could become distractions and they come from all different areas. In this case I feel like our team and LeSean are focused on the Minnesota Vikings and practice this week.”