With three days before the all-important third preseason game, two of the Eagles' most dynamic weapons on offense are on their way to return to action. Running back LeSean McCoy revealed Monday that the reason he did not participate in Sunday's practice was a sort left big toe that has been ailing him since the week of practices against the New England Patriots.
"My toe, man, my toe was really bothering me during the game. It was kind of real sore a couple days before that," McCoy said after practice, adding later that he underwent an MRI and was cleared to return.
McCoy said that he started slowly during practice on Monday, only to ramp up his involvement as practice went on.
"I felt like if it hurt too much, I would shut it down. I warmed up today and it felt good," McCoy said. "In this league, you have to learn how to play through pain if you can. And if you can, you have to go out there and work hard."
McCoy also explained why he would be willing to push himself now, when, after all, the preseason results don't count.
"I want to really go out there and be mistake free," he said. "From the penalties to missed assignments, playing fast and play Chip Kelly offensive football. Good execution, and have some good drives."
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, meanwhile, has been absent from practice after tweaking his hamstring last week. Maclin said that he was a partial participant in Monday's practice and that he, too, is hoping to play on Thursday night.
"I'm feeling good. I had a chance to kind of run around, run some routes," Maclin said. "Training Camp's a grind. It's like that each and every year … Missing two days all of Training Camp? I'm happy with how my body's held up."
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The Eagles were back out on the practice fields on Monday as they prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers ...