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Buffalo Bills?running back LeSean McCoy will miss Sundays game against the Miami Dolphins after injuring his hamstring in Wednesdays practice, a source told ESPNs Josina Anderson. Kent Hrbek Jersey .Bills coach Rex Ryan had said earlier Thursday that McCoy did not suffer a full blown hamstring injury and he was hopeful of having him back Sunday. The running back did not participate in Thursdays practice but watched part of the session from the sideline.Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn wants to be cautious with McCoys injury. When Lynn served as running backs coach last season, McCoy strained his hamstring in training camp and the injury lingered into the regular season, keeping the star runner out of two games in October.I dont want to do what we did last year, Lynn said Thursday. Going in, playing 85 percent, reinjuring the hamstring and then this thing lingers all year. We just want to get him well and back on the field.In addition to McCoy, the Bills were without top receiver Robert Woods (foot) and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (hamstring) in Thursdays practice. Tight end Charles Clay (ankle) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday.Woods remained in a walking boot in the locker room Thursday, telling reporters that he is doing everything possible to be able to play Sunday but acknowledging that he has yet to test his injured foot in practice this week.I dont think theres a huge concern long term, Ryan said Thursday, adding that Woods has yet to be ruled out for the game.If the Bills are without McCoy, the team is expected to start Mike Gillislee at running back. Marquise Goodwin and Justin Hunter would be expected to take the majority of snaps at receiver if Woods cannot play.Information from ESPNs Mike Rodak was used in this report. Twins Jerseys From China . 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Third-ranked Michigan often looks unstoppable on offense while averaging 50 points per game.And that side of the ball isnt even the Wolverines most impressive unit.The run stuffers, pass rushers and ball hawks have been superb through the first half of the campaign and Michigan looks to improve to 7-0 when it hosts Illinois in a Big Ten contest Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network).The Wolverines (3-0 Big Ten) lead the nation in scoring defense (10.3 points per game), total defense (212.8 yards per game) and passing defense (113.7). They also rank ninth in rushing defense (99.2) and have held five opponents to 14 or fewer points.The unit has been exceptional on third-down defense, allowing 10 of 82 opportunities (a national-low 12.2 percent) to be converted. Rutgers was 0 for 17 in such situations in Michigans last contest -- a 78-0 victory Oct. 8.Senior defensive end Taco Charlton said the players are aware of the superb statistical tidbits.We definitely care because it shows the hard work does pay off, Charlton told reporters. It shows in the rankings and in the games were a great defense and weve been able to prove that and were proving out there we are that great defense we always talked about, that coaches talked us being.Star outside linebacker Jabrill Peppers (10 tackles for losses) is the marquee player on the unit but he is far from the lone standout.Defensive coordinator Don Brown has been the mastermind of the success. But even better is that nobody is satisfied -- even with all those stellar stats midway through the season.Its about not getting complacent and trying to perfect your craft every day, and I think were doing a good job of that, senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow said. We have a more mature team thats not going to let this go to their head, but well see in the second half of the season. We still have a ways to go.Illinois coach Lovie Smith is well aware of the impressive nuggets -- both defensively and offensively and knows his squad is facing a formidable foe.We realize who we have this week, Smith said at a press conference. Theyre one of the best teams in the country. We look forward to that challenge.Making the task of springing an upset tougher is this fact: The Fighting Illini (2-4, 1-2) have droopped 14 consecutive games against ranked foes and 23 of their past 24. Brian Dozier Jersey. Smith, the former NFL coach of the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, recorded his first Big Ten victory when Illinois defeated Rutgers 24-7 last week. The victory halted a four-game skid.Sophomore quarterback Chayce Crouch could be in for line for his second consecutive start. Senior starter Wes Lunt missed the Rutgers game with a back injury and Smith hasnt indicated whether Lunt will return against the Wolverines.Crouch replaced Lunt in the Oct. 8 loss to Purdue and was 6-of-14 passing for 92 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his start against the Scarlet Knights.Chayce Crouch was just gutting it out, playing good football again like he did the previous week, Smith said. We would have liked that interception back, but just liked the energy hes brought to our football team.Slowing down the Wolverines offense figures to be a challenge for a team that allowed an average of 36.8 points during its four-game losing streak.However, Illinois does a feature a trio of solid defenders in senior middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. (58 tackles, two interceptions), and senior defensive ends Carroll Phillips (11 tackles for losses, including four sacks) and Dawuane Smoot (eight tackles for los