LeSean McCoy sustained concussion in coach’s attempt to “win” hopeless game
In a game where the Philadelphia Eagles never had a strong footing at any stage, the team desperately tried to rally after a 0-7 start in the first quarter by they ended up giving up three points on a fumble by LeSean McCoy later in the first half.
With just two minutes left in the game and the Philadelphia Eagles facing a 25 point deficit, LeSean McCoy was injured on a carry on the first play following a helmet-to-helmet hit with Washington Redskins safety Madieu Williams. LeSean McCoy sustained what appeared to be a concussion as he was carted off the field looking rather stunned and disoriented.
Prior to the injury, LeSean McCoy had 45 yards and a fumble on 15 carries in the game. LeSean McCoy was the Philadelphia Eagles leading receiver in the game after making six receptions for 67 yards.
With Michael Vick out with a concussion or possibly the rest of the season, Nick Foles started at quarterback in his first NFL start. The Philadelphia Eagles rookie managed a few commendable plays in his time on field, but the Washington Redskins eventually succeeded in pressuring Nick Foles, who was sacked four times and endured several hits in the game. Nick Foles completed 21-of-47 passes for 204 yards with a couple of interceptions in the game and fumbled three times, but the Philadelphia Eagles succeeded in recovering them.
Had the Philadelphia Eagles given up on the fumbles, the score would have been even more imbalanced. The Philadelphia Eagles defense appeared helpless as the Washington Redskins tore through for three touchdown passes and Robert Griffin III, who completed 14-of-15 passes, made an 84-yard run.
Ultimately, the game that marked the Philadelphia Eagles’ sixth consecutive defeat leading to a 3-7 this season, that ranked the team last in the NFC East. It also raised questions over Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s decision to risk his two-time 1,000-yard running back LeSean McCoy to injuries (concussion) by keeping him so late in a hopeless game.
Andy Reid claimed that the Philadelphia Eagles “were trying to catch up and win the game,” by keeping LeSean McCoy in during the conclusive point of the game, but it’s hard to see how the team could have made such a late turnaround.
LeSean McCoy was projected amongst the top three backs in the NFL at the start of the season, but so far in the season he has yet to practically prove that prognostication. While the numbers aren’t so disappointing after LeSean McCoy amassed 705 yards and two touchdowns on 162 carries in the season, it’s a far cry from his production last year.
The former third round pick LeSean McCoy had 1,309 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns during 15 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season.