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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.

5 months 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7 months ago

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.

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.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy left practice early with a mild knee injury on Monday, according to multiple media reports.  Beat writer Dave Weinberg reports that it "did not appear serious."  McCoy has had his share of nicks and bruises in the past, but it's too early to panic about this one.  We'll stay on top of the situation in case anything changes.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy expects to have a big season in new HC Chip Kelly's offense.  “The last few years, I’ve had good years, but I don’t think I was dominant,” Shady said. “In this offense, [I’ll have] the ability to run the ball more, where I can take over a game. There have been flashes of it in the past, but having the ability to do it day in and day out and game in and game out has been a different story."  McCoy should be excited.  Kelly's offense is run-heavy and gets players out in space.  That fits McCoy's game perfectly.  He has clear top-3 fantasy upside this season.

There's been plenty of talk about the changes Eagles HC Chip Kelly will need to make to his offense at the NFL level.  But TEs coach Ted Williams says not much will change.  “It’ll be very, very similar to what you saw at Oregon because the play-calling," Williams said.  "[Kelly] needs to be comfortable with what he’s saying to the offense and how he’s communicating it. So you don’t just out of the box decide that you’re going to do something a certain way and you don’t feel comfortable with it. So it’s going to look like Oregon.”  Kelly's Oregon offenses were defined by 3 things: a fast tempo, run-heavy play-calling and spreading the ball around in the passing game.  We're expecting to see all 3 of those things in Philly this year.

Most of the offseason talk around the Eagles has been about the QB battle between Mike Vick and Nick Foles.  It's certainly a situation to monitor over the next couple months.  But new HC Chip Kelly brings a run-heavy offense to Philly.  His Oregon squads ran the ball a whopping 64.1% of the time over the past 4 years.  The Eagles won't run that much this season, but they figure to be well above the NFL average of about 44%.  That'll be a big change from ex-HC Andy Reid's pass-first attacks.  It's good news for RB LeSean McCoy, who could set a career high in rushing attempts despite the presence of Bryce Brown.  For more on McCoy's 2013 fantasy outlook, check out his Draft Sharks Player Profile.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that RB LeSean McCoy left today's OTA workout after apparently tweaking a knee.  It sure seems like the issue is no big deal, though.  McCoy reportedly headed to the sideline where he "stretched ... at one point" before leaving the field.  He was later spotted walking around team headquarters -- without a limp -- carrying a plate of food.  No reason for concern here.

New OC Pat Shurmur told CSNPhilly this week: “I think it’s important that you use more than one running back. It’s a long season, and a guy can run out of gas quickly." That will raise RBBC flags around LeSean McCoy for many fantasy owners. Consider us unalarmed. Try to find an OC anywhere in the league today who will not say the exact same thing about the backfield. All that means is the Eagles realize that the 350+ carry back is a dinosaur. Only Arian Foster reached that threshold last year, and he turned in the worst rushing average of his career. Just 2 other RBs reached 320 carries, and only 5 total got to 300. McCoy, meanwhile, has averaged about 16.2 carries over 42 games the past 3 seasons. He finished 16th among PPR backs last year despite missing 4 games and scoring only 2 rushing TDs. There's plenty of room for Bryce Brown to be included without knocking McCoy from top-10 status at the position.

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