McCoy: Why Wouldn’t I Want To Play?

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.LeSean McCoy doesn’t understand why some people think it would make sense for him to sit out the final two games of the season.

“Why would I want to play? Why wouldn’t I want to play?” McCoy said today. “They pay me to play this game. I love to play this game so why wouldn’t I play? My teammates are out there playing.”

McCoy will see his first action in over a month Sunday afternoon when the Eagles close out their home schedule with a 1 p.m. meeting against the Redskins.

McCoy suffered a concussion in the final two minutes of the Birds’ 31-6 loss to Washington on Nov. 18.

“Just like the play where I got hurt, people blame coach for it, but I wanted to be in there,”  McCoy said. “I’m a competitor so I’m going to finish the season out.”

Andy Reid echoed those sentiments.

“We’re all part of the team,” Reid said. “It’s not a hierarchy that way. That’s not how it works. You’re healthy, you play. LeSean understands that. Our team understands that. And that’s how you go about business. LeSean wouldn’t want it any other way, and that’s how I feel with it.”

While McCoy will start, he may not see his usual workload. Through 10 games, he had been averaging 17.7 carries per game. McCoy also had 40 catches.

“I’m going to keep a close eye on him,” Reid said. “It won’t be a normal workload like you’d see during the season when he’s fresh. He’s coming off an injury. I understand that so I’ll keep a close eye on him. But he’ll work in as a starter and then Bryce [Brown] has some valuable experience that he’s gained over the last few weeks so we’ll get him in there. Dion [Lewis], he’ll be up too so he’ll have a chance if we need him there.”

At fullback, Stanley Havili (hamstring) is unlikely to play. Emil Igwenagu and Chris Polk will take his place.

Meanwhile, even though Michael Vick is healthy, he could be inactive.

“Right now, he’s the third quarterback,” Reid said. “If we played today, he’d be the third quarterback. We’ll just see how things go. I just want to get him back kind of in the swing here and make sure he’s good. Right now, he feels great so just want to make sure we keep it that way.

Vick has been out since suffering a concussion against the Cowboys on Nov. 11.

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  • andy

    why is vick the third qb but mccoy is put straight back into the lineup? who is calling the shots? if hes a lame coach and not making the decisions fire him now and get your pick of the best coach out there.

  • fastnbulbous

    Very angered by this decision. Essentially same mistake Reid made by leaving Shady in the 1st Redskin game, a blowout where he had no business even being in there. Braindead move by a lame duck coach. Disgusting.

    • Johngiam

      Just imagine if shady tears his ACL in Andy’s last game in Philly. Completely disgusting

  • morgan c

    Let’s see Chris Polk get some carries. I loved this guy coming out of college, and he looked good in pre-season (I know, pre-season). But with Brown’s fumbling problems, and even without them, it would be nice to get a look at this guy. He runs hard and is physical.

  • Brandon Smith

    vick has the right to play…I am a die hard philly fan and in my opinion its the coaching staffs fault that Vick plays the way he does…also they have two of the most explosive players around and they don’t use them to their strengths…they incorporate a play style on players that have their own way of playing and ruin them….examples: Jason babin, asomugha, Vick, McCoy, maclin, and desean Jackson….it’s not the players fault. period

  • Johngiam

    Running back is not a position that you add meaningless wear and tear on a players tires. I don’t ever want to see one of the top 3 backs in the league, playing when it doesnt matter. Playing Shady Sunday is the qui agent of playing him in the preseason. Shady, take a stand and sit out til next year. U have nothing to gain by stepping on to the field on Sunday, but a ton to lose! Just imagine if Reid coaches his last game in Philly and shady tears his ACL…please let’s not allow Andy any ammunition to screw this franchise over any worse on his way out. Rick burkholder, please take a stand, and put a stop to this nonsense. Lurie and Roseman SHOULD NOT ALLOW THIS!!!

    • chad

      great point, especially about the acl

  • Done with Reid

    Can’t wait for this to be over that fat Waldorf to disappear he has totally destroyed this team. I can’t stomach hearing this man talk. He is a FRAUD!!

  • FMWarner

    In the long view, maybe it’s smarter to sit Shady. But we’re fans who have been here for years and will be here for years. We have the luxury of taking the long view. They’re players and coaches who are here right now and living in the moment, who want to try to win games because they’re competitive and because they have pride. It’s easy for us to be dispassionate about it, but I can’t really judge them.

  • Javier Cordero

    Yeah that makes sense Andy Reid calling McCoy a competitor and saying if ur healthy you play yet u do the opposite with vick? Honestly putting him as a third string qb is a low blow not even giving him a chance to compete

    • Brian

      The difference, at least to me, is that Vick was on the verge of getting benched prior to his injury. Plus, Foles has been no worse than Mike this year.

      Also, apparently Vick gets guaranteed money next year if he finishes the year hurt. Or something like that.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    I posted something like the following on another site recently:
    I think McCoy is a legitimate star on this team, and he’s done nothing but contribute great numbers. He’s also been a good soldier in the locker room and with the media and public. I think he’s earned the right to play if he wants it.
    Yes there is a risk of injury. There is also a risk of injury to him on the first play from scrimmage next year. Give the man the rock if that’s his wish. He’s earned it.