Ian Rapoport: Buffalo Bills expect LeSean McCoy to miss time due to suspension

Ian Rapoport believes the Bills will add a running back in free agency or the draft.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Buffalo Bills are planning as if LeSean McCoy will miss several games due to suspension at the start of the 2016 season. For that reason, Rapoport believes that Buffalo will add another running back via free agency or the draft.


McCoy hasn't been charged in the bar fight that involved off-duty officers, and it's possible that the running back doesn't get charged at all. However, even if McCoy isn't charged, he could face a suspension due to the NFL's personal conduct policy. Although McCoy is the team's No. 1 running back, Buffalo has a terrific duo behind him on the depth chart.

Karlos Williams, a fifth round pick in the 2015 draft, had over 600 combined yards and nine touchdowns on 93 carries and 11 receptions. The former Florida State Seminole accomplished this in 11 games in 2015. Should McCoy miss time, Williams would assume the No. 1 running back role.

Mike Gillislee is currently the team's third string running back. In five games with the Bills, Gillislee rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns on 47 carries (5.7 YPC). Behind Williams and Gillislee, the Bills currently have Anthony Dixon and James Wilder. 

Buffalo could spend a mid-to-late round pick on a running back, but Bilal Powell may make the most sense for the Bills in free agency. The former NY Jets back was linked to Buffalo last season and he could contribute in a rotation with Williams and Gillislee in McCoy's absence. 

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