Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had a rocky return from injury, both on and off the field.

After missing one game with a hamstring injury, McCoy managed only nine yards on six carries and 10 yards on three catches in Sunday's 24-12 loss to the host New England Patriots.

The six-time Pro Bowler was benched for the Bills' first series of the game because of a disagreement with coach Sean McDermott that occurred Saturday night.

"We had a situation. And he was totally right. And it was a private situation," McCoy said after the game. "I'm a captain. I gotta be more accountable. It's as simple as that. He checked me. Put me in my place. That's it."

McDermott didn't comment on McCoy's benching, but said the Bills' running game as a whole left much to be desired.

 

Injury report

Initial reports were encouraging after Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford suffered a scary injury in Dallas' NFC East-clinching 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Crawford injured his neck on the second play of the game. His neck was stabilized on a stretcher with his facemask removed, and the seventh-year player was moving his arms and legs before he was taken off the field.

He was taken to a hospital, and the Cowboys said after the game that Crawford was released and would be re-evaluated Monday by the team's medical staff.

Dallas wasn't the only playoff-bound team to get hit by an injury on Sunday.

New England wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson left with a knee injury in the third quarter of the Patriots' AFC East-clinching victory over the Buffalo Bills. Patterson was expected to play a bigger role in the offense with deep threat Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely.

For the Bills (5-10), linebacker Julian Stanford exited with an ankle injury and wide receiver Deonte Thompson left with a toe injury.

The NFL-best New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC's top seed by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers but lost one of Drew Brees' protectors when left tackle Terron Armstead was hurt in the first half and left for good in the second half. Armstead, who tore a pectoral muscle earlier this season, was seen clutching his chest.

Linebacker Vince Williams left in the second half for the Steelers, whose playoff hopes took a big hit.

Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters injured a quad on the first possession of Philadelphia's wild 32-30 win over the Houston Texans. AFC South-leading Houston later clinched a playoff berth with Pittsburgh's loss, and the Eagles still have a chance to make the playoffs next week.

Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a right leg injury. Houston also lost three cornerbacks to injury: Kareem Jackson (knee), Kayvon Webster (thigh) and Johnathan Joseph (neck).