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Quick Hits: McDermott addresses LeSean McCoy's status


It's hard to know if it's a better outcome than first reported, but head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that LeSean McCoy suffered cracked rib cartilage when he was tackled in Sunday's game against the Chargers.

"He's going to be day to day," said McDermott of McCoy.

There were erroneous reports on Monday that McCoy suffered cracked ribs, but those were corrected later in the day.

As for McCoy's availability for Sunday's game in Minnesota, that will be determined through the course of the week.

Special teamer Taiwan Jones meanwhile escaped his scary head injury with just a gash on his head and some bruises after he was struck by a Chargers player in the head after his helmet came off.

"No concussion," said McDermott of Jones. "He's bruised and cut up a little bit,"

The gash on Jones' head did require stitches, which could make wearing a helmet difficult, but McDermott said they'll work through those logistics as the week moves along.

Play calling on defense to be determined
In the second half of Sunday's game, McDermott took over play calling duties for the defensive side of the ball from coordinator Leslie Frazier. He explained that he felt the team needed a spark after giving up 28 points in the first half.

After Sunday's game McDermott said he would evaluate whether to continue calling plays for the defense or hand that duty back to coach Frazier. On Monday he had yet to decide.

"Leslie and I are still working through that," he said. "Either way Leslie is going to be a big part of what we're doing."

"We had a talk earlier today," said Frazier. "We're going to watch some tape and just go through some things with our defensive staff and just come up with the best plan we can to put the guys in the best position to succeed.

"I think it'll work itself out between he and I. Throughout every ballgame since we've been here together, we've kind of collaborated on everything that we do defensively, and this really won't be any different."

McDermott was not happy with the way his defense performed in the first half, but was generally pleased with the defense's second-half play. Buffalo gave up just 65 total net yards to the Chargers in the second half and just a field goal.

Cornerback position still to be addressed

Buffalo finished Sunday's game with just two healthy cornerbacks. Tre'Davious White and Lafayette Pitts were the two corners who finished the game.

Phillip Gaines suffered a dislocated elbow in the first half and did not return. McDermott said they'll see how Gaines makes it through the week and did not rule him out for Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Nickel CB Taron Johnson, who missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, was described by McDermott as day to day.

With the sudden and unexpected retirement of Vontae Davis, McDermott confirmed that there will be talks about making an addition to the roster.

"Brandon (Beane) and I have talked about it," said McDermott. "Nothing new at this point, but we're going to continue to talk about it."

"We know what we have on our roster. It does create a void for sure," said Frazier. "Between the two of them, Brandon and Sean, they'll figure it out along with our input as coaches. We'll give them our opinion, we'll see where it goes."

Buffalo does have CBs Ryan Lewis and Levi Wallace on their practice squad.

As for Davis, McDermott read the veteran cornerback's retirement statement and that was good enough for him. He has not been in touch with Davis since his abrupt and ill-timed decision.

"His actions spoke loud and clear, so I'm focused on my team right now," said McDermott of Davis. "There's no need to address because we're moving on. That's what a team does. This is not going to become a distraction for us."

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