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The Bills are concerned that RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) might not be "fully ready" for Week 1, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.  That's not a major surprise considering the hamstring injury seemed relatively severe from the start.  "It's way too early to say whether (McCoy) will play or not," a Bills source told Anderson.  "He is doing a little bit more every day. But hell yes, I'm concerned about that. I can't say for sure he's going to be with us Week 1. I can't say that at all. It will take everything we got just to get him ready for game day, and then we get to game day (there's) no way he can be in great football shape. So I think he will be on a pitch count, I think at the very best."  We'll keep a close eye on Shady in the week leading up to next Sunday's opener against the Colts.  If he doesn't put in at least 1 full practice, though, he'll be a risky fantasy play.  The depth chart behind McCoy is murky, with Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown in the mix.

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The Bills are going with Tyrod Taylor as their starting QB to open the season, according to insider Jay Glazer.  HC Rex Ryan isn't expected to make an official announcement before Week 1, but we figured the decision would get leaked.  And Glazer is as reliable as they come.  Taylor has looked like Buffalo's best QB this preseason, completing 77.4% of his passes, averaging 7.6 yards per attempt and running for 108 yards and a score.  It's that rushing ability that will make Taylor an intriguing spot-start option, especially in DFS.  The Bills are expected to run the read-option with him.  That's also good news for RB LeSean McCoy.  We're decidedly less excited about Buffalo's pass-catchers.

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The Bills have released RB Fred Jackson.  The 34-year-old missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury but returned for this past weekend's preseason game and busted off 48 yards and a score on 5 carries.  He looked ready to serve as Buffalo's #2 RB.  But the Bills are moving on and saving over $2 million.  It leaves them with Karlos Williams, Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon behind LeSean McCoy.  Williams was having a strong camp before being hospitalized with a still-undisclosed issue.  The latest report had the rookie expected to be ready for Week 1.  He's the best bet to emerge as McCoy's handcuff but is only worth rostering in deep fantasy leagues.

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Bills RB Fred Jackson (hamstring) returned to practice on Saturday.  He'd been sidelined since early in camp but is now on track to play in Buffalo's 3rd preseason game.  Barring another injury, Fred Jax will be the #2 RB in a run-heavy offense behind a starter who's currently sidelined with his own hamstring injury.  Jackson is worth stashing on fantasy benches.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to be ready for Week 1.  Shady injured his hamstring on Tuesday night and underwent an MRI.  It sounds like the results were relatively good.  McCoy might miss the remainder of training camp and the preseason, which isn't ideal for a guy learning a new offense.  But when healthy, he'll remain the focal point of Buffalo's offense.  We're fine with drafting McCoy if he gets to the 2nd half of Round 2.

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The Bills are hoping RB Fred Jackson (hamstring) can be back in time for the 3rd preseason game.  Fred Jax has been sidelined since early in camp.  His health has taken on more importance with both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (undisclosed) ailing.  Jackson is a strong bet to win the #2 RB job as long as he can stay on the field.

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Bills RB LeSean McCoy injured his hamstring during Tuesday night's practice.  We were actually there and snapped this picture of McCoy surrounded by trainers before limping off.  HC Rex Ryan said afterward that the team doesn't yet know the severity of Shady's injury.  Ryan added that the hamstring is "intact" and "not off the bone," which is obviously good news.  McCoy is headed for an MRI.  We should get an update on his status on Wednesday.

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The Bills have been impressed by RB LeSean McCoy's pass-catching ability in training camp.  "I think every time he gets out into a route he is viable," OC Greg Roman said. "I mean, he ran a route last week in the scrimmage that you could put against most receivers in the NFL when we split him out."  HC Rex Ryan believes McCoy could rack up 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.  That's typical Rex hyperbole, but he did add that he wants to use McCoy in a Marshall Faulk-like role.  McCoy caught a career-low 28 passes in Philly last year but topped 40 in all 5 of his previous seasons, including a 78-catch 2010 campaign.  He's certainly a plus pass-catcher.  Roman's comments are especially interesting because he barely used RB Frank Gore in the passing game at all over the past 4 years in San Francisco.  Gore averaged just 18 catches per season over that span.  That had us down on McCoy's receiving upside this year, but we just bumped up his projections.  They could get another boost if we see him active in the passing game this preseason.

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