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Friday, August 22, 2014

Eagles Injury Update: LeSean McCoy thumb injury isn't considered serious

By on 8/22/2014 10:15:00 AM

Millions of Philadelphia Eagles fans held their breath when starting running back LeSean McCoy was taken to the locker room during the first quarter of Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after injuring his thumb.  Jeff Darling of the NFL Network tweeted that McCoy was having X-rays and his return was questionable.

The NFL preseason can be deadly in regards to injuries, and this time of year players are going down like flies.  Not only are teams playing in game-like situations against opponents from around the league, they also are practicing nearly every day.  As the Steelers and Eagles battled it out on the field last night, Darling updated Twitter on McCoy, scaring Eagles and fantasy football fans alike:
When the actual injury happened was unclear, but McCoy did score a 22 yard touchdown on his final touch before leaving the game, so it is possible it happened during the scoring play, which was a pass from quarterback Nick Foles
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About 45 minutes after McCoy left the field, FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafalo tweeted an update, saying the 26 year-old McCoy would not return:
McCoy had 50 yards from scrimmage on just six touches before he went into the locker room.  The inevitable starter at the running back position in Philadelphia, McCoy is coming off arguably the best season of his career, leading the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards. He also added 539 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns.

Heading into his sixth year with the Eagles, McCoy has a career 1,149 attempts for 5,473 yards and 39 touchdowns in 74 regular season games.  According to Jeff McLane from the Phildelphia Inquirer, McCoy suffered a sprained thumb:
That's good news for the Eagles because McCoy's injury could have been something more severe like a torn ligament or nerve damage.  Philadelphia had another scare when wide reciever Jeremy Maclin went down as well in the first quarter. 

Maclin, the Eagles' prime reciever for this upcoming season, missed all of last year due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and for the second time of the night fans held their breath.  A huge cheer came from the crowd as Maclin was able to walk off the field on his own.  He ended up going right back in the game, as the Eagles official Twitter acount reported:
The Eagles dodged two huge bullets last night, as two of their prime offensive starters could have done more damage to themselves.  McCoy and Maclin are both expected to be ready for Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 7th.

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