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Third-quarter analysis: LeSean McCoy's injury opens door for Mike Gillislee

In the first half of Sunday's game, colleague Tim Graham tweeted that it would be a victory if the Buffalo Bills made it out without a catastrophic injury to a starter.

Graham was on to something.

Bills running back LeSean McCoy left the game in the third quarter after suffering a right knee injury. McCoy was hit by Redskins linebacker Mason Foster after an 8-yard reception. He immediately took his helmet off and appeared to be in a great deal of pain. McCoy was able to walk off the field under his own power, but was ruled out for the game shortly thereafter.

With McCoy out, Mike Gillislee continued to impress in a reserve role for the Bills. His 60-yard touchdown run and ensuing extra point cut Buffalo's deficit to 28-10. Gillislee's run was a career best and the longest for the Bills since an 80-yard touchdown run by Fred Jackson in October 2011.

Career first: Bills rookie tight end Nick O'Leary's first career catch was a big one -- a gain of 37 yards that stood up after Washington challenged that he was out of bounds.

Making amends: Jerry Hughes showed why the Bills put up with his nonsense when he faked Redskins left tackle Trent Williams out of his shoes and sacked Kirk Cousins for an 11-yard loss. Unfortunately for the Bills, they gave up a third-and-16 conversion two plays later.

 

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