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Bills Notebook: 'I'm playing,' LeSean McCoy declares

LeSean McCoy removed any doubt Wednesday.

"I'm playing," the Buffalo Bills' star running back said. "I felt good today. Still some pain, but I'll be all right. I can deal with that during the game."

McCoy missed Sunday's victory over the Minnesota Vikings because of cracked rib cartilage suffered in Week 2.

"I couldn't sprint without any pain," he said. "So, imagine just getting really hit, it would be even more pain. But I just don't want to affect the team by going out there and not being 100 percent, about 80 percent. So they sat me off, but today I was full go-sprinting, I'm ready to get out there. I'm ready to get back going. I have to get it going, you know, looking at the other running backs. I have a lot to do."

Three games into the season, McCoy ranks 63rd in the NFL in rushing. That's obviously not what he or the team had in mind coming into the year.

"It's not how you start, it's how you finish," McCoy said. "The mistakes and errors, as far as our offense, we can kind of easily fix them. For myself, I just have to get going. I have to find a way to run the ball, get out into open space, make some guys miss, break some tackles, and just get going like normal football. I think it's urgency. I would say that, not frustration. Just urgency to get out there, and get going and get the running game going, get the yards up, and let's roll."

Although he didn't play Sunday, McCoy was an active participant on the sideline, offering support and encouragement — particularly for rookie quarterback Josh Allen. McCoy raved about Allen's performance against the Vikings.

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"I'm not big on rookies, but certain guys you can see it," he said. "You can tell he's one of them. He's smart. He has a dog in him. He wants to compete at a high level, he wants to win, he lays his body out on the line. I'm sure a lot of franchise quarterbacks wouldn't do that, and it's no secret that he's our franchise guy. I love him. I love his talent, and he's out there just playing. Everything is like a learning experience for him, but for the most part he's just got the natural feel for the game. He's a gamer, so I love that."

Bills linebacker Matt Milano was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance against the Vikings. Milano finished with eight tackles, a sack, fumble recovery and interception in the 27-6 win.

"Grateful for it, worked hard for it, and trying to get another one next week," Milano said. "Once I get the call, I'm just playing full-speed whatever it is. If I'm in a run fit, pass fit, whatever it is, I'm just going 100 miles an hour."

Milano entered his second season with high expectations after a promising rookie year, but there have been some speed bumps along the way. He's seen veteran Ramon Humber take some snaps in his place at times. More games like Sunday, though, and that won't be the case for long.

"He continues to get better," coach Sean McDermott said. "That's a good thing for us, obviously. His growth, his development, whether it's in the run game, the pass game, he plays some special teams as well. I've really been pleased with the way he's played, in particular this past weekend."

McCoy was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. He wore a red, non-contact jersey. Tight end Charles Clay was also in a red jersey as a limited participant with shoulder and hip injuries, as was running back Marcus Murphy, who has a rib injury of his own.

Safety Micah Hyde (toe) and defensive end Trent Murphy (ankle) were also limited participants, as was defensive end Shaq Lawson (hamstring). Lawson has missed the past two games.

Cornerback Phillip Gaines was a full participant after missing the Week 3 game with an elbow injury.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and defensive tackle Kyle Williams had a veteran rest day.

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