LeSean McCoy Injury: Updates on Eagles Star's Toe and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 18, 2014

Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy is seen during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com passed along comments from Chip Kelly on LeSean McCoy's injured toe:

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News had more from Kelly on McCoy's health:

'LeSean's a competitor. He wants to be out there. It was just one incident. There's a lot of questions about a toe for a practice in August,' Kelly said. The reporter clarifed that he was asking not so much about this injury, but McCoy's 'intensity as a practice player.'


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For now, defenders' ankles can rest easy: LeSean McCoy is dealing with a toe injury that has kept him on the sidelines during recent practices. 

John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com has the details:

LeSean McCoy missed practice on Sunday with what he called 'a small version of turf toe.' The Eagles' running back returned to training camp at the NovaCare Complex on Monday and completed practice.

'[Sunday] it was really, really hurting pretty bad,' McCoy said. 'It felt a little better [Monday], so I went for it.'

McCoy said he injured the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice against the Patriots last week in New England. He told the media he had an MRI and X-rays on the toe and that he’s 'fine.' After practice on Sunday, McCoy appeared frustrated and declined to answer questions about why he didn’t participate.

McCoy briefly spoke about the injury, via Gonzalez:

Anytime I’m not capable of going out there and practicing and missing a day of work, it’s not something to be happy about. Unless it’s a day off and the team has a day off. Missing a day of work can be frustrating.

This doesn't sound severe at all, but still, this is the kind of thing that fuels Eagles fans' nightmares. Let loose in head coach Chip Kelly's system last season, McCoy led the league with 314 carries and 1,607 rushing yards. He also tacked on 539 yards through the air and 11 total touchdowns. 

Part of the beauty of Kelly's system is that its ingenuity lets it thrive no matter the personnel—see Foles, Nick, 2013. Make no mistake about it, though. Losing McCoy represents a downgrade to any offense. Arguably the most elusive player in space, he is a threat to score every time the ball touches his hands. 

When a sampling of NFL players voted Shady as the fifth-best player in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu offered high praise, transcribed by ESPN's Andy Jasner:

His vision, his moves … he’s a nightmare. I remember personally, playing against the Eagles, he jumped in the hole, he saw me in the hole, he stiff-armed me, jumped back out of the hole and ran for 10 yards. ... The first guy is always going to miss, the second guy is going to miss him, and possibly a third guy is going to miss, so all 11 guys have to run to the football. Sometimes all 11 guys miss. ... He's like a Barry Sanders. He’s all of that in one.

Still, it's not time to sound the alarm just yet. We're only in the preseason, and a missed practice or game is more than likely just the Eagles acting with precaution than anything else.

If McCoy is forced to miss time, the Eagles have the pieces to tread water. Darren Sproles, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Brent Celek are all dangerous in the passing game, while Chris Polk, who showed flashes of his talent last year, will get a chance to prove himself as the lead back.

For now, though, it doesn't sound like it will come to that. McCoy should be ready to go before the regular season begins.