No one will ever question running back LeSean McCoy's toughness.
When McCoy suffered a cracked rib in the third quarter of last Sunday's loss to the Redskins, he didn't want to come out of the game. There was no way he was going to allow the coaches to take him out.
So, he didn't tell anyone about the injury until after the game. That is until he racked up a career-high 12 catches for 110 yards and a total of 174 all-purpose yards.
"I knew it happened. It was a tight game and I knew I couldn't go out," McCoy said on Wednesday. "I didn't say anything to anybody until the game was over. Immediately when the game was over, I got X-rays."
Well, if McCoy played through it Sunday then surely he can play through it this Sunday. Right? McCoy did not participate in Wednesday's workout. The Eagles are probably going to be without quarterback Michael Vick. They don't also want to be without their featured back who is averaging 5.5 yards per carry this season. McCoy has gained 273 yards on 50 carries while scoring four touchdowns, which is tied for tops in the NFL. He's also caught 23 passes for 172 yards proving that he can be the focal point of the offense if needed.
"I'm done for about five weeks, man," McCoy jokingly said about his status. "Right now, I'm just doing everything I can do rehabbing to try and get everything right. Whenever I can get out there and play, I'm going to. It's too early to tell right now, so we'll find out."
If McCoy can't start, Mike Bell would get the majority of the work at running back.
"It's the same (mindset) I go in with every week, just try to be prepared and try to put myself in the best situation to help the team win," Bell said. "I'm hoping for a quick recovery for him because we're going to need him to win."
Extra padding in the rib area could assist McCoy's desire to get on the field. However, McCoy said that he's never played with padding because he's never really had to deal with any injuries. He believes that dating back to high school he's never missed a game.
"Eventually I'm going to play with (the injury) and there's going to be some pain," McCoy said. "Wearing extra padding or whatever, there's still going to be pain there. I just have to block it out. We'll see what happens."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 6:40 p.m., October 6