The Buffalo Bills traded for Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy early in the offseason so that Rex Ryan would have a bell cow back to rely upon as the rest of his offense took shape.
Unfortunately for the AFC East team, circumstances have raised questions about McCoy's reliability as the 2015 opener draws closer.
The running back has been out of action for the past two weeks with a hamstring issue and now, per ESPN's Josina Anderson, people behind the scenes in Buffalo are expressing legitimate fears the star won't be ready for the team's Week One game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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In an extensive post on her official Facebook page, Anderson relayed information from a source within the Bills organization who admitted they were "concerned" about McCoy's recovery time:
"I can't say for sure he's going to be with us Week 1. I can't say that at all. It will take everything we got just to get him ready for game day, and then we get to game day (there's) no way he can be in great football shape. So I think he will be on a pitch count, I think at the very best."
The anonymous update paints a rather darker picture on LeSean McCoy's status than that expressed by the franchise's hierarchy in public this week.
Bills head coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Monday that he was "cautiously optimistic" that his biggest offensive weapon would be back on the field come September 13th.
But, whilst Anderson's source said the team is still preparing for McCoy to play, they also made it clear anything less than a perfect next 10 days would likely see him miss out.
With Fred Jackson having been released earlier this week, the back up plan for McCoy would be an unwelcome problem for Buffalo.
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