Injuries: LeSean McCoy still in concussion protocol

LeSean McCoy remains in concussion protocol.

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said Thursday morning that the running back will get in a limited practice but is still in protocol after suffering a head injury in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

McCoy left Sunday’s tilt on the second play of the game after suffering the blow.

The 30-year-old back must be fully cleared from concussion protocol in order to participate in Monday night’s divisional tilt versus the New England Patriots. Getting in a limited practice Thursday is a positive sign, but there are more barriers to pass moving forward.

If Shady can’t play, Chris Ivory would be in line to carry the load again for the Bills’ backfield. In last week’s blowout loss, the bruising back compiled 81 yards on 16 carries with McCoy out.

Other injuries we’re tracking around the league today:

1. The Jacksonville Jaguars placed linebacker Donald Payne (MCL sprain) on injured Reserve, the team announced Thursday. The team promoted cornerback Dee Delany to the active roster in a corresponding move.

2. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (groin) will miss Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans, but the injury is not believed to be serious, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport adds there’s a chance Stills can play next week. He’s expected to return after Week 9 at the latest.

3. Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse (concussion), linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) and safety Eric Berry (heel) will not practice again today.

4. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back), defensive lineman Deatrich Wise (ankle/knee) and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (concussion) returned to practice. Running back Sony Michel (knee) and defensive back Eric Rowe (groin) were not seen during the portion open to media.

Gronk, Deatrich Wise and Marcus Cannon make their return to practice. The video is so awful it’s great. #Patriots No sign of Eric Rowe and Sony Michel.

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