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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills' LeSean McCoy suffered cracked rib cartilage; not ruled out for Week 3

Bills running back LeSean McCoy looked to be in pain as he left the field holding his chest during Sunday's game, and now we know why: He suffered cracked rib cartilage, coach Sean McDermott confirmed Monday.

While the injury sounds painful, McDermott said his star running back isn't ruled out for the team's Week 3 visit to Minnesota.

“We'll just take it one day at a time and make sure he's comfortable as we go forward,” McDermott said. “I know he's a guy that's been through some injuries before and played at a high level, so we'll just take it one day at a time.”

The Vikings, who possess one of the league's best defenses, are already favored by more than two touchdowns against the Bills. But if McCoy can't go, the Bills will lose their only established offensive weapon. Sunday could be tough sledding for Josh Allen's offense.

Josh Allen reviews: Mark Gaughan graded Allen's first career start as a 1.0 on the 1-5 scale in his Bills Position Grades. "Josh Allen has the ability to make plays outside the pocket. But throwing on rhythm from the pocket is going to be a season-long learning process," he wrote. Meanwhile, QB analyst Jim Kubiak wrote that Allen got a difficult first lesson in processing protections Sunday. "Successful NFL quarterbacks must be able to identify protection problems and either adjust the call at the line of scrimmage to account for the blitzes, or they must know who is 'unblocked' and distribute the football to the 'hot' receiver before the defender sacks them," Kubiak wrote. "This is extremely tough duty, in particular for younger players who have not seen the variety of defensive looks, or had to operate an offense under such hostile conditions."

McDermott on Vontae Davis: "His actions spoke loud and clear": McDermott said he hasn't heard from Davis since yesterday's game ended, and doesn't need to – his actions did the talking. For what it's worth, Pro Football Focus graded Davis' performance significantly better than that of his replacement, Lafayette Pitts, though neither played well.

Former Bills linebacker Preston Brown: "I'm glad I'm not on that team": What would make someone quit on a team at halftime? "There's some weird stuff going on up there," Preston Brown said of his former team.

Rowdy Bills fans clash at Lackawanna toll barrier: You have to see this video. Un-friggin'-real.



Film room: Chargers safety blitzes TKO'd Bills pass game: “That was the game plan: Go get ’em,” L.A.'s Derwin James said. “Coach told me all week. 'Go get ’em.' " The Chargers sacked Allen five times without Joey Bosa, which is a bad sign. If you're curious about next week, the NFL record for sacks in a game is 12 (and it's 14 if you go back to the '50s).

What They Said: One note that shouldn't be overlooked from McDermott's transcript is mentioning that things are good between him and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. He said the tandem is still deciding who will call plays this week after McDermott stripped Frazier of the duty at halftime Sunday, but McDermott added: "Either way, Leslie is going to be a big part of what we’re doing." Seems like Rex Ryan's Bills will keep their title of being the last Buffalo squad to fire a coordinator after starting 0-2.

Upon further review: Speaking of McDermott's play-calling, the Bills defense is hoping to build on its second-half effort that held the Chargers to three points.

Chargers linebacker apologizes for hit to helmetless Taiwan Jones: Uchenna Nwosu apologized for bloodying Jones, saying he didn't realize his helmet and been knocked off and the play wasn't blown dead.


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