When the Buffalo Bills began voluntary offseason workouts on April 3, there was only one player not present.
Not just any player.
Running back LeSean McCoy, arguably the best player on the team, was missing. Now, he's back, a fact the team made a point of noting in a photo of McCoy, stretching with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, posted Thursday on its official Twitter account.
5 + 25. Together again.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 13, 2017
No reason was given for McCoy's absence at the outset of the offseason program; new coach Sean McDermott reiterated to reporters that the workouts were voluntary. McCoy posted on his Instagram account that his son turned 5 on April 3, making that a possible reason he chose to stay away.
Still, McCoy's absence prompted media speculation that he might be upset with his contract. It also raised questions about whether he was fully aboard with McDermott, although the coach said, "I am encouraged by my conversations with LeSean throughout the whole offseason since I got the job."
An NFL source told The News that no one at One Bills Drive, including McDermott, seemed the least bit concerned about McCoy not being there on April 3. Nevertheless, having him show up this week undoubtedly will go a long way toward calming any angst that he might be unhappy with the team in some way.