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Bills Notebook: McCoy gets 'rest day,' dealing with sore groin

LeSean McCoy didn't show up on the Buffalo Bills' injury report for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, but he also was listed as not practicing Friday because of wrist and groin injuries.

Coach Sean McDermott said the running back was getting a "rest day," the kind other veteran players have received since the start of training camp. McDermott also mentioned that McCoy was dealing with some groin "soreness."

McCoy fully dressed for practice, but in brief comments with reporters afterward, he would only say he "attended practice" and was not going to discuss injuries.

McDermott said he was "very confident" McCoy not only would start Sunday, but also would be able to handle a full workload. McCoy had 27 touches in last Sunday's season-opening victory against the New York Jets, but did temporarily leave the game with what he described as numbness in his wrist.


Also missing from Friday's practice was defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (concussion), who was declared as out of the Panthers' game. Cornerback and former Panther Leonard Johnson (quad) practiced on a limited basis, and is listed as questionable.

Tight end Charles Clay (shoulder), offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (foot), cornerback E.J. Gaines (shoulder), running back Mike Tolbert (knee), linebacker Tanner Vallejo (knee), and safety Colt Anderson (foot) fully participated in Friday's workout.


The Panthers had no players on their injury report.

“I’m pretty fired up about it, it’s good,” coach Ron Rivera was quoted as saying on the team's official website. “We had a good (practice Friday) – we call it ‘Fast Friday’ – and everybody was involved. All the guys that had gotten their rest were back out there. All the guys that had some sort of nick got a chance to practice.

"It was neat to see them all out there.”


McDermott, who spent the past six seasons as the Panthers' defensive coordinator, had high praise for Carolina defensive tackle Kawann Short. The coach was part of the Panthers' decision to make the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Short a second-round draft pick from Purdue.

"One of the best pass rushers, one of the best interior linemen in the game," McDermott said. "He can be disruptive if you don’t get a hat on him, or two hats on him, and his run game is just as good as his pass game, and vice versa. Extremely talented player, works extremely hard. It’s been hard to say this from the sideline I sit on now, but it’s been a joy to watch him develop over the years and being there for at least the start of his career, was fun to watch."

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