LeSean McCoy injury update: Chiefs RB could play against Ravens
By Matt Conner
Despite suffering an ankle injury late in the game against the Oakland Raiders, an MRI showed LeSean McCoy avoided any significant damage.
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy was hoping an MRI on Monday would reveal good news about an ankle injury he suffered late in the team’s win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero says that’s exactly what he got as tests revealed “no significant damage” to his ankle.
McCoy was an instant hit with the Chiefs in his first overall week with the team in a season-opening win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In that game, McCoy had almost 100 yards from scrimmage and showed a dynamism in the backfield that only enhanced the league’s best offense.
Going into Week 2, however, the Raiders did a good job of silencing any and all halfbacks for the Chiefs for the most part. McCoy himself had only 23 yards on the day and left with an ankle injury.
Pelissero reports that McCoy could play in Sunday’s home opener against the undefeated Baltimore Ravens, but given that the injury was serious enough for an MRI, the team is likely to play it safe with McCoy and leave it as a game-time decision for the veteran running back. The long-term vision should be to keep all players as healthy as possible without feeling any pressure to force McCoy to play in a game so early in the season.
McCoy was a late preseason addition to the Chiefs roster after he was surprisingly released by the Buffalo Bills. He signed with K.C. over the L.A. Chargers and other suitors due to the presence of head coach Andy Reid, his longtime head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles.
McCoy has played in at least 12 games in every single season of his NFL career, so he has no history of any long-term injury whatsoever despite being so productive for so long at the highest level. That in itself is a good sign that McCoy is a quick healer and could even be out there as another dimension against the Ravens.