National Football League notebook: McCoy status for Bills remains uncertain

Don't expect much from LeSean McCoy

He stretched with his teammates, and then when practice began, he went into the training room to treat his sprained ankle.

Losing McCoy would be a huge blow to Buffalo's offense as they take on one of the most formidable defenses in the NFL. Maybe. He's always played better than his statistics suggest, and yet his shortcoming has been the inability to deliver game-changing plays and drives when it matters most. "I'm out of the (walking) boot".

The Bills are riding an incredible wave of fan support and good feeling by ending the drought. He was efficient, didn't turn the football over and made big plays when he escaped the pocket.

"It is like you do every week, but you are just checking the boxes, just one more time", Marrone said.

It's amusing to think that one day after the regular season ended qualifies as the longest season Dareus has ever had, but it emphasizes just how little playoff experience the Jaguars have. And the fact that LeSean McCoy is now listed as questionable doesn't help them out at all.

"He's going to have a chance we'll see", head coach Sean McDermott said Monday.

Overall, McCoy's 1,586 yards from scrimmage represent 33 percent of the team's total.

In an interview on WTMJ-AM, McCarthy said his message to players was "there's a standard in Green Bay and we didn't meet it".

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If he can't play, or if he plays but is limited, third-year pro Marcus Murphy would likely have to carry the load. "We have a lot of guys that have at least been to one playoff game, so I think we'll be able to pass our knowledge down and it'll be heard very well".

With the defense and the running game doing their things, Bortes can reset himself with a mistake-free game as a caretaker, hurting the Bills' chances to get key takeaways.

"I just told him to be smart (on Sunday)", Marrone said.

"I will say for a playoff game, everything is ramped up a little bit", said Jaguars punter Brad Nortman, who was the Carolina Panthers' punter when they lost to Denver 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.

McDermott knows his team by now, and he also knows that the underdog role is the way to best get a response out of his team, so I don't blame him for trying to go about his business this way.

Handing Doug Marrone and Marcell Dareus some payback might not be verbalized by most, if not all of the players, coaches, and others with current ties to the club, but I'm willing to bet deep down it will fuel the players on both sides of the ball to send the citizenry into even further "fandemonium" with a victory. Among them is LB Matt Milano, who is dealing with a hamstring injury. If he can't play, Ramon Humber would move back into the starting lineup.

"You never replace a player like LeSean", McDermott said.

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