LeSean McCoy returned to practice after sitting Sunday’s session out with a sore toe.
“My toe, man, my toe was really bothering me during the game. It kinda was real sore a couple days before that,” he said. “Yesterday was really hurting pretty bad. But I got an MRI, some x-rays, and it’s fine. I felt a little better today so I went for it and I actually finished practice.”
McCoy said the injury is a “small version of turf toe” but not as serious. It first started bothering him during joint practices with the Patriots last week. He is aiming to play Thursday against the Steelers.
“I think in this league you have to learn how to play through pain if you can. And if you can, you have to go out there and work hard. I hate missing reps, not being able to get better.”
Jeremy Maclin took part in individual drills but did not participate fully Monday. Riley Cooper practiced for the second straight day and has looked good, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
Also back on the field is Nolan Carroll, who missed the first two preseason games with a groin injury.
Brad Smith, Jaylen Watkins and Chris Polk all sat out. Polk has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the better part of the summer.
“As a coach you’re always concerned when a guy misses training sessions because there are so many valuable things that happen each day,” said Shurmur. “It’s like going to school and skipping class and all of a sudden you have a final exam. You certainly might pass it but there is a chance you won’t do as well then if you had been there every day. Durability is something we consider. And guys get injured for different reasons, but we sure would like to see him out there.”
Josh Huff (shoulder) is not expected to practice this week.
“He’s certainly going to miss some reps but part of being a pro is dealing with soreness, injury, and if you are injured and miss time, this will help his development coming back from this,” said Shurmur. “Anybody that has played this game has gotten banged up or nicked. There’s a process mentally and physically when you come back from it. Early in his career, he’s going to learn something from it.