Ray Rice won’t be getting that second chance just yet.
With LeSean McCoy battling a hamstring injury, the Bills thought about bringing in Rice to bolster the running back position, according to FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo, but it looks like the talks were just that.
McCoy hurt his left hamstring Tuesday night and his timetable to return is right around the season opener, according to Garafolo.
Following practice, coach Rex Ryan said trainers informed him the hamstring was intact and had not been pulled off the bone, which he described as "a real positive." Ryan, however, said it was too early to provide a timetable on when McCoy could return because the player was scheduled to have tests to determine the severity of the injury.
The Bills were off on Wednesday as they traveled to Cleveland to play a preseason game on Thursday night.
McCoy was hurt about an hour into practice when he pulled up while running a route during a 7-on-7 red-zone drill against the Browns. He slowly walked to the sideline holding the back of his left leg and then sat on the turf, where he was attended to by numerous trainers. He required help getting up and didn’t bend his left leg while slowly making his way to the locker room alongside team doctor Les Bisson and trainer Shone Gibson.
McCoy’s injury created a scare because it has the potential of delivering a big blow to the Bills, who acquired the two-time All-Pro in a trade that sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia in March.
McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013, and was regarded as the centerpiece in Buffalo’s plan to establish a run-first offense under Ryan. The former New York Jets coach took over the Bills in January, replacing Doug Marrone, who stepped down on Dec. 31.