MINNEAPOLIS – The Buffalo Bills will be without their top offensive weapon Sunday.
Running back LeSean McCoy was declared inactive for the Week 3 game against Minnesota. McCoy went through an on-field workout before the game, but wasn't ready for the game. He's dealing with cracked rib cartilage suffered a week ago when center Ryan Groy landed on top of him.
Joining McCoy on the sidelines Sunday is starting cornerback Phillip Gaines. He suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 2. Both McCoy and Gaines were limited practice participants all week. Also inactive for the Bills are: Defensive end Shaq Lawson (hamstring), offensive tackle Connor McDermott, guards Wyatt Teller and Ike Boettger and tight end Logan Thomas.
Expected to start in McCoy's place is veteran Chris Ivory, while Ryan Lewis is scheduled to make his first career start in place of Gaines. Lewis went from being on the Week 1 roster to being released and then re-signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster again following Vontae Davis' retirement and the injuries to both Gaines and rookie Taron Johnson, who will play Sunday after missing Week 2 because of a shoulder injury.