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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy expects to continue losing goal-line work.  He watched Chris Polk and Darren Sproles vulture 3 short TDs in last Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys.  “Some of the short-yardage stuff, Polk’s obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they’ve been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game,” McCoy said.  “He’s not getting all of them, but if it helps the team, that’s what I’m going to do."  Polk has now converted 2 of 7 carries inside the 5-yard line into TDs (28.6%).  McCoy has received 10 carries inside the 5 and scored 3 times (30%).  He has just 4 total TDs this season.  The lack of TD upside -- plus a tough matchup with the Redskins -- leaves McCoy as more of a RB2 for fantasy championship week.

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Eagles HC Chip Kelly blamed the O-line for another poor rushing performance in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.  “We got whooped up front,” Kelly said. “We’re not very good up front right now. We’ve got a lot of guys banged up. That’s not an excuse, it’s just the reality.”  RB LeSean McCoy managed just 17 yards on 10 carries against the 49ers and is now averaging 2.7 yards per carry on the season.  Kelly certainly has a point about the O-line.  The Eagles rank 11th in Pro Football Focus' 2014 run-blocking grades after finishing 1st by a wide margin last year.  Philly will get a boost from the return of RT Lane Johnson from suspension this week.  The rest of the problem will need to be solved by Kelly's scheme and McCoy's talent.

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The Eagles have placed G Evan Mathis on IR with the designation to return.  That means Mathis can't take the field again before the Nov. 10 game against Carolina.  Mathis suffered a severe MCL sprain in Week 1.  Losing Pro Football Focus' top-rated guard for 2 straight seasons can only hurt the Eagles' offense, especially the running game.  That doesn't mean it's time to panic and unload LeSean McCoy.  But we'll be watching to see if the rushing offense can rebound Monday night in Indy after a fairly sluggish start -- outside of Darren Sproles' 49-yard TD run -- against Jacksonville.

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4 months ago

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is practicing on Sunday.  It's confirmation that his thumb and toe injuries are non-issues.  McCoy remains the safest of fantasy football's top 4 RBs.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy left Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh to get an X-ray on his right thumb, according to NFL Network.  We'll await results before speculating, but it's obviously a situation to watch.  The fact that he played at all continues to indicate that his toe isn't a problem, at least.

Update: Insider Jeff McLane reports that McCoy has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb.  "No fractures or torn ligaments," McLane adds.  We'll keep an eye on him over the next couple weeks, but he should be just fine for Week 1.  We're not adjusting his projections.

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Eagles HC Chip Kelly expressed no concern about RB LeSean McCoy's toe injury.  “No, he’s fine,” Kelly said. “He practiced full [Monday]. He’s fine. It’s not as big of an issue as I think anybody has made it out to be.”  Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned, either, considering the fact that McCoy is practicing.  He remains the safest of the top-4 fantasy RBs.

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4 months ago

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy sat out Sunday's practice with a sore toe.  His underwent an X-ray and MRI, which both came back clean.  McCoy was back on the practice field on Monday.  Toe injuries can be tough, but this one doesn't seem like anything that will impact McCoy's 2014 performance.  Continue drafting him within the first few picks of fantasy drafts.

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Multiple sources report that Eagles RT Lane Johnson will miss the season's 1st 4 games after violating the league's PED policy.  The #4 overall pick last year has been counted on to turn into a cornerstone up front. In his absence, Allen Barbre and Dennis Kelly look like potential replacement options.  Philly could stick a backup into the RT role or slide RG Todd Herremans out to RT and install a reserve at guard.  Either way, the suspension certainly doesn't help 1 of the league's best O-lines or the offense that group is blocking for.  This isn't enough to make us alter our fantasy outlooks for any Eagles offensive players, though.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 366 touches last year.  RB Darren Sproles' arrival this offseason likely means McCoy's workload will shrink in 2014.  He's fine with that.  "I think 366 touches is a lot," McCoy said. "Being in the prime of my career and bringing in a guy like Sproles who can do so much, we'll work well together. I think having me fresh in the fourth quarter with fewer carries can be even more dangerous."  McCoy probably won't match last year's 64 targets or 52 receptions.  But we're not expecting a significant drop from the 314 carries he tallied in 2013.  McCoy remains an elite RB1 in fantasy football.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy carried a season-low 8 times against the Vikings on Sunday.  HC Chip Kelly suggested that was a product of both offensive line play and game flow.  “We got down a little bit there, and we really weren’t moving them very well up front,” Kelly said. “But I think trying to take advantage of some of the matchups in the passing game, trying to free up DeSean [Jackson] and those guys… I also thought LeSean was a very good weapon in the passing game itself with the screen passes and some of the underneath routes. Didn’t convert in the red zone and then we were down. It felt like we were down two scores all the time, so just trying to get back into it.”  McCoy averaged 4.8 yards per carry and also took 5 catches for 68 yards.  So he didn't kill fantasy owners.  Look for Shady to be featured in Week 16 against Chicago's league-worst run defense.

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1 year ago

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy took the field with his team to start the 2nd half and carried on the team's 1st play.  He had been deemed questionable to return after hurting his right hamstring but appears fine.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy pulled up lame with a right hamstring issue in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game.  He was able to limp off the field under his own power.  It's unclear if Shady pulled the hamstring or just got a cramp.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: McCoy went to the locker room to get checked out before halftime.  The team has announced that he's questionable to return.

Update: McCoy returned for the start of the 2nd half.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy conceded that his sprained right ankle was a bit sore, but he made it through Wednesday's practice without issue.  And the team didn't even list him on the week's initial injury report.  "It's a little sore, but I've done tons of treatment, so I feel a lot better," McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer, adding that the swelling is gone.  Expect to have the top fantasy back in your lineup this weekend against Denver.

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Eagles QB Michael Vick and RB LeSean McCoy both practiced on Tuesday.  Vick was hobbled by the end of last Thursday night's game, while McCoy suffered a scary-looking ankle injury late in the 1st half.  Both guys avoided serious injuries, though, and will be ready for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy says he'll be "fine" after last night's injury scare. “When it happened, the way I landed, I felt pain right away," he said. "I couldn’t press on it.  I had that type of injury before; that’s why I thought it was something serious … The X-rays looked good; they didn’t see anything on there. I still was in pain. A couple of runs, I could feel it … I’ll get treatment on it and I’ll be fine."  McCoy is probably sore this morning.  But with 10 days to heal up, he should be ready to go for Week 4.

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After Thursday night's loss to the Chiefs, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy told reporters he had suffered a high right ankle sprain.  He said he thought the injury was serious initially and that he did feel it on a couple of 2nd-half runs after returning to the field.  He also said that he expects to have treatment in the coming week and be "fine."  The high ankle sprain is always a worrisome diagnosis, but McCoy played through it in the 2nd half and looked good.  We'll see what comes of further evaluation, but we have to expect at this point that McCoy will be available for your Week 4 lineup.


Update: The report of a high ankle sprain was incorrect.  McCoy told reporters that he has a regular sprain.  With a few extra days to rest up, he should be fine for Week 4.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy suffered a right leg injury in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Chiefs.  He was in obvious pain on the field but was able to jog off under his own power.  NFL Network reported that McCoy was visibly upset when he got into the tunnel, though.  He's currently undergoing x-rays.  We'll pass along an update when we get 1.  If McCoy misses time -- and we're guessing he will -- Bryce Brown would step in as Philly's lead back.  He should be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Update: McCoy returned for the 1st series of the 2nd half.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy isn't complaining about his 31 carries against Washington in the opener.  But he and his coach concede that the team must do a better job of monitoring his reps.  "We know we need to get other guys in there," HC Chip Kelly told the Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday.  McCoy added later, "I think we can do a better job of rotating ... because it's a long season."  Everyone knows that McCoy can't carry 30 times a game.  Even 20 might be a stretch.  If RB Bryce Brown can show development in his game, he could find quite a bit of work -- and fantasy value.  At the same time, we remain excited about McCoy's scoring potential for the rest of 2013.  He had a strong fantasy outing in just the 1st half against Washington.

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