LeSean McCoy apparently decided to extend his stay in Philadelphia.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan refused to say Monday whether McCoy returned with the team following its 23-20 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
A bar in Philadelphia had McCoy’s picture on a flier advertising a “Welcome Home” party thrown by former Eagles teammates Jason Peters and Vinny Curry. The party was scheduled to take place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the B-Side Lounge.
Thomas Evans, the general manager of the establishment, told NJ Advance Media on Sunday the party was on, and that the players were expected to arrive shortly after midnight.
“You know, I’m not going to get into all that kind of stuff about, you know, is this right? Is that right? It is what it is,” Ryan said Monday, tap-dancing around a question about whether McCoy returned to Buffalo with the Bills. “I’m not going to say if he did or he didn’t.”
At least on the field, McCoy’s homecoming did not go as he had hoped.
Although he had more than 100 yards from scrimmage for the seventh consecutive game – joining O.J. Simpson and Thurman Thomas as the only Bills’ running backs to ever do that – Buffalo’s playoff hopes were basically ended by the Eagles.
McCoy, who was Buffalo’s only captain for the game, kissed the Eagles’ logo at midfield before kickoff. He also shared a hug with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. He did not answer questions from the media after the game.
During last week’s buildup to the game, McCoy made waves for saying that Eagles coach Chip Kelly couldn’t shake his hand – using an expletive to drive that point home.
“I’m OK with LeSean, you know, speaking his mind and things like that,” Ryan said Monday. “Obviously, very emotional at the time. He probably would have regretted some things he was going to say, and that’s why he probably chose to do it the route that he chose. Does he have a right to his opinion and do different things? Absolutely.
“I can tell you this. Did it hurt him? Oh yeah, and it should hurt him. There’s a lot of people in that locker room that were – I don’t know if devastated is the right word – but I think in his way, he probably was devastated by it. I know I was. Did I speak to the media afterwards? I did. Did I need some time to cool off? I absolutely did. Maybe he just needed a little more time to cool off.”
The Bills have some decisions to make with several of their injured players in the coming days.
With their postseason chances hanging by a thread, the possibility exists that the team could elect to shut players like cornerback Stephon Gilmore and rookie running back Karlos Williams down for the season.
Gilmore missed his first game of the season Sunday because of a shoulder injury, and Ryan said on Monday he’s doubtful of playing against Washington in Week 15.
“With that shoulder as a dislocation, could it be a possibility? I’m not ruling it out,” Ryan said of shutting down Gilmore for the season.
The outlook for Williams is less certain until the week progresses, but the Bills should get linebacker Nigel Bradham back against the Redskins.
“I feel good about Nigel,” Ryan said. “I know he’s desperate to play and I think that there’s a real possibility he will play.”
Tight end Charles Clay left Sunday’s loss with a back injury that puts his status for the game against Washington in jeopardy.
“I know they’re looking at him,” Ryan said of Clay and the team’s trainers. “I always tell you it’s never a good thing when you don’t finish a game. I don’t know if we’ve had one guy not finish a game and play the next week. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but sometimes it’s not a good sign.”
Right tackle Seantrel Henderson, meanwhile, had a setback in the illness he’s been dealing with the past two weeks, which is why he was inactive against the Eagles.
“It is a concern,” Ryan said. “The first thing you think of is the young man. So I think that’s the major concern right there. The way it affects his career moving forward, we will see. I don’t foresee that being a thing he can’t overcome.”
Jordan Mills made his second straight start Sunday in Henderson’s place. He lined up next to rookie right guard John Miller, who returned from a two-game absence because of a high-ankle sprain. Miller, however, struggled mightily in his return, getting whistled for three penalties (two of which were accepted) and getting beaten several other times.
Ryan was asked if the team might go back to veteran Kraig Urbik, who started in Miller’s absence.
“Well, you consider it,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how it goes. He’s played well up until that. That’s obviously his worst game … he’s played. How much of it was due to what he was going up against? I don’t know. That was probably a factor, as well.”
After Sunday’s disheartening, Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman made their way up the tunnel to the visitor’s locker room inside Lincoln Financial Field.
A video shot by WKBW-TV’s Joe Buscaglia captures someone – believed to be Thurman – saying that the officiating was a “disgrace to the NFL.”
On Monday, Ryan said he doesn’t recall his defensive coordinator saying that.
“Things happen after games, very emotional and things like that,” the Bills’ coach said. “Conversations happen. I can’t tell you what Dennis said or whatever. I mean … I’m not saying he did it, because I don’t recall him doing” it.
“I was close by him, so I don’t know if that was said or not said, or whatever. I can tell you this – a lot of things happen, emotional things happen after games. I know I had a conversation, but it was a private conversation with the official.”
Ryan and his staff were believed to be upset about what they thought should have been an offensive pass interference call against the Eagles with just over 5 minutes left on a play in which tight end Zach Ertz gained 41 yards. That put Philadelphia within range for the go-ahead field goal.
“I am not going to get into any of that stuff, I can promise you that,” Ryan said when asked if that was the call in particular he was upset about.
If it was indeed Thurman heard in the tape, there’s a good chance he’ll be hearing from the league. Calling the officials a “disgrace,” is a rather blatant sign of disrespect. With his 20th-ranked defense, Thurman would seem to have bigger worries than the officials.
“Normally in games – especially tight games – … is there a 100 percent agreement with officials? No, I don’t think so,” Ryan said. “There is always one or two that maybe you have a disagreement with or whatever. But we never lost the game because of that. I can tell you that.”
Ryan said the Bills send clips of penalties they either disagree with or would like clarification on to the league each week.
He also reiterated what he said after Sunday’s game, that referee Ed Hochuli’s crew is one of the best in the NFL.
“Do I think that for most of the calls, did the officials get it right?” Ryan asked. “I think so.”