COMMENTARY | The Philadelphia Eagles had a mild medical scare earlier this week when running back LeSean McCoy left practice with a reported knee injury. Fortunately the time for minor injuries for key players is right now, with training camp and regular season still months away from starting up. McCoy's injury was apparently nothing to be overly concerned about though, with the running back moving around out of practice without a noticeable limp and telling reporters the issue was with his knee.
McCoy led the Eagles in rushing in 2012 with 840 rushing yards in 12 games despite missing time due to injury. McCoy scored just two touchdowns in an injury-plagued season for the Eagles but figures to be ready for a bounce back season in new head coach Chip Kelly's offense. Barring any real significant setbacks between now and the start of the season, McCoy should be ready to go to lead the Eagles running game once again.
Not having McCoy available for a portion of practices this week allowed Kelly and his staff to take a deeper look at the options to hand off to in 2013 in the event McCoy is not available at some point. With McCoy out of practice it was Bryce Brown who took over the first team offensive reps, with Chris Polk backing him up according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. New free agent signing and veteran Felix Jones also took some time to get involved in the practices with his new team but he has not seen much time with the first team offense.
Brown ended the 2012 season second on the team in rushing with 564 yards and a team-high four rushing touchdowns. Brown also had a problem protecting the football though, losing three of four fumbles while filling in as a primary back in McCoy's absence. McCoy also lost three of four fumbles in 2012, but did so with 85 more rushing attempts than Brown.
The Eagles initially released undrafted rookie free agent running back Miguel Maysonet, an undersized and speedy player from FCS Stony Brook, but they have already reacquired him through waivers. Maysonet has been unable to participate in organized team activities due to a conflicting academic schedule but fans should probably expect Maysonet to be an interesting player to watch during the upcoming training camp this summer. His athleticism and speed help balance out his small frame and he could even be used on special teams.
Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sportswriter covering college football and the Philadelphia Eagles. Follow McGuire on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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