PITTSFORD — The fact LeSean McCoy is at the Buffalo Bills’ training camp and “ready to roll” was a point General Manager Brandon Beane emphasized Thursday, just before the team’s first practice at St. John Fisher College.
The message was clear from the team’s standpoint: Nothing that has come up so far in police and NFL investigations into the running back’s alleged involvement in an assault and robbery of his ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, is a large enough concern to keep him off the field.
The Bills say McCoy is likely to be a part of the team for the entire season and McCoy said he is "very confident" that he will be on the field for Week 1.
“We’ve communicated with (the NFL),” Beane said during a news conference with coach Sean McDermott. “We feel comfortable that LeSean’s going to be here and ready to roll. We don’t see that changing.
“We’re just focused. LeSean’s here, and it’s just going to be about football.”
Speaking for the first time since police and the league began looking into the accusations following the July 10 invasion at a house McCoy owns in Georgia, the running back told reporters that Beane and McDermott are "backing me 110 percent."
"We had a long talk (Wednesday), and we're moving forward, we're ready to roll, as they would say," the running back said. "And everything's just geared on making this team better. I want to be there for my teammates, my guys, my coaches. That's the kind of mindset."
McCoy also said he addressed the matter with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula.
Asked how confident he was that he would be available and able to play this season, McCoy said, "I'm here right now, so I'm very confident."
Did he ever have any doubt he wouldn't be here?
"No, no doubt," McCoy said.
Otherwise, the running back avoided any discussion about details of the investigation in a eight-minute session with reporters before the Bills' first practice.
"Right now, it's an open investigation, so I'll leave it at that,” he said. “That's what's going on right now. But right now, my main focus is here with my teammates, my team, trying to build together in camp to reach our goal together, and that's a championship. I'll let (the investigation) take care of itself and right now I'm just being supported with my teammates."
Beane said the team had looked into the matter.
Cordon's lawyer said in an email to The Buffalo News last week that her client “believes very strongly” that McCoy “had some involvement” in the incident.
“She absolutely thinks Mr. McCoy had something to do with it,” Tanya Mitchell Graham said in response to emailed questions from The News. “She believes anyone else involved was likely contacted by someone else on behalf of Mr. McCoy.”
Graham did not respond to a request for comment Thursday following McCoy's news conference.
Police in Milton, Ga., have not named any suspects. McCoy has previously said he has not had any "direct contact" with Cordon in months.
In attempting to focus the attention on football Thursday, McCoy said he has "just been training hard" for camp.
"I don't let things distract me or get in the way of that, because I'd be cheating my teammates," he said. "I came here focused for camp and just ready to play, ready to roll."