LeSean McCoy Still In Phase 1 of Recovery

McCoy still in Phase 1 of recovery, Bryce Brown becomes fantasy stud

11/27/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that Eagles' running back LeSean McCoy is still in Phase 1 of his recovery from the concussion he suffered in Week 11 against the Redskins. McCoy is reportedly "far behind" Michael Vick in recovery, and Vick, who suffered a concussion the week before McCoy, has still not been cleared.
Nov 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown (34) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
For those of you who watched the Hot Seat Bowl on Monday night, you saw that McCoy's backup, Bryce Brown, was the lone bright spot in the Eagles' offense. Brown, a rookie drafted in the seventh round, tore up the Panthers' defense to the tune of 178 yards and two touchdowns on a ridiculous 9.4 yards per carry.

As one of the league's more electrifying runners who was named All-Pro last season, McCoy is in no danger of losing his job. He is, however, in danger of losing some touches to Brown if the young runner can put in more solid performances while McCoy is sidelined.

Brown is a near lock to start against the Cowboys this week, and there's a decent chance he'll be the Eagles' main man in the backfield for longer than that. The Eagles are dead in the water with a 3-8 record, and there's no reason to rush their best offensive player back on the field when he's recovering from something as risky as a concussion. If Brown can put in another performance like he did on Monday night, I wouldn't be all that surprised to see the Eagles shut down McCoy for the remainder of the year.

Brown is now an absolute must-own in fantasy leagues. He very well may have been picked up already, but if he hasn't, he's in all likelihood the best player available on your waiver wire. He'll be flirting with RB1 status as long as he's the starter, which could be for a few more weeks.
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