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Bryce Brown: Updated Fantasy Outlook After LeSean McCoy's Injury

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Running back Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles is upended by Washington Redskins defenders in the second quarter at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystNovember 18, 2012

As if things could get any worse for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The losses pile up as the 2012 season circles the drain. The latest blowout loss at the hands of the Washington Redskins brought with it a potentially serious injury to the team's best offensive player.

Running back LeSean McCoy, who gained 112 total yards on 21 touches in Philly's 31-6 shellacking at the hands of the Washington Redskins, was carted from the field according to Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press.

Cart coming on field for #Eagles RB LeSean McCoy. Unclear what injury is. #Redskins #NFL

— Howard Fendrich (@HowardFendrich) November 18, 2012

Some details on the injury to McCoy, who has 873 total yards and five touchdowns this season, were later provided by NFL.com fantasy football expert Michael Fabiano, who also relayed some very prescient advice.

If you own LeSean McCoy, you'll need to add Bryce Brown. McCoy was concussed.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 18, 2012

You can say that again.

Given the severity of the shot McCoy took, it's highly unlikely that the fourth-year pro will suit up next week, even with an extra day off before the Eagles face the Carolina Panthers a week from Monday.

That leaves McCoy's fantasy owners in a mad dash to procure running back help heading into a Week 12 game that may well define many fantasy seasons. Given that the waiver wire at this point in the season has been picked over where running backs are concerned, Bryce Brown has to be those owners' top priority when they submit waiver claims this week.

Granted, the rookie has hardly set the world on fire, gaining less than four yards a carry in limited action this year. With Nick Foles under center, and with a terrible offensive line, the Philadelphia Eagles' offense is a hot mess right now.

With that said, however, Brown will be in line to receive the majority of the touches in the backfield against a Carolina defense that has been a top 10 fantasy matchup for opposing running backs so far this season.

It doesn't take much of the sting out of losing a top-five overall pick right when you need him most, but it beats a blank.

I guess.

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