The Bills received some good news about LeSean McCoy on Thursday.
Buffalo's star running back took part in team stretches, returning to the field for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
He did not participate in practice, leaving the playing surface with a trainer at the start of positional drills. Bills head coach Sean McDermott said that was a planned decision.
McCoy, who was carted off the field on Sunday, said the injury isn't as bad as he initially thought.
"I felt OK," McCoy said of his return to action. "It's a big game, so I'm trying to get out there. ... You want to stay off of it as much as possible, but at the same time, test it out."
McCoy is out of the boot he wore leaving Hard Rock Stadium and said it no longer hurts to walk. He's happy with the progress he's made but knows he still has a long way to go to suit up Sunday in the Bills' AFC Wild Card game with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I know my body, I know myself. Especially the way I play, it's more cutting than running," McCoy said. "I just want to be able to cut well enough where I don't have a lot of pain when I cut. I just want to be close, as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you've got to lay it on the line. If I can't get 100 percent, as long as I'm out there and can run effective enough, I'll do it."
McCoy has played through pain before, notably on a bum hamstring against the Dolphins last season. He said he's trying to avoid a repeat of that game, where he only accumulated 11 yards on eight carries. If he can't produce, he won't force it.
McDermott was noncommittal on whether he expects McCoy to practice on a limited basis Friday.
“I’ve got to talk to the trainers and see how he comes out,” McDermott said. There’s a lot that goes into it.”
As for his chances to play Sunday, “we’ll see” was the common refrain from both McCoy and McDermott.
"I don't want to make any promises,” McCoy said. “My teammates have been asking me the same questions. I don't want to lie to them. People that know me know I want to be out there.”