LeSean McCoy expects to play, but Bills may not have Taylor
Bills running back LeSean McCoy expects to return from a hamstring injury and play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Two other top players — quarterback Tyrod Taylor and receiver Sammy Watkins — are questionable.
McCoy has missed each of the past two weeks after a setback at practice. He originally hurt his left hamstring at training camp Aug. 18. He is listed as probable.
"I look forward to playing," McCoy said. "When my number’s called, I’m going to be out there looking to make plays. … I feel like I’m healthy enough to go out there and perform."
Asked about McCoy’s status, Bills coach Rex Ryan said: "I feel pretty good. I guess sometimes the experts get it wrong."
McCoy has yet to make a major impact after coming to Buffalo in a blockbuster trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for linebacker Kiko Alonso. In three games, he has 146 yards on 43 carries. The Bills are without rookie running back Karlos Williams, who is recovering from a concussion.
Taylor will be a game-time decision, according to Ryan. Taylor was limited at practice for a third straight day Friday. He sprained a knee ligament in Sunday’s 14-13 win over the Tennessee Titans.
"I think he wants to go, there’s no doubt about that," Ryan said. "But we’ll see. He’s feeling a lot better, let’s just put it to you that way."
If Taylor is unable to play, EJ Manuel will start in his place. The third-year pro has not started since he was benched one month into last season.
"He looked really good," Ryan said. "He’s got a good grasp of the game plan. … We’ve had great confidence in him and (if) he goes into play we expect him to do really good things."
Watkins has missed each of the past two games because of a calf injury but indicated earlier in the week he would play through the injury if necessary against the 5-0 Bengals.
Receiver Percy Harvin has an ailing hip and is questionable.