Chip Downplays McCoy Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly could have helped the narrative right along. Instead, he stopped it cold.

LeSean McCoy missed practice Sunday because of an injury to his big toe, the back said. He had been dealing with it since the training sessions with the Patriots last week and it flared up on him so he shut it down for a day. The MRI and x-rays came back clean so he tested the injury out Monday and pushed through the entire practice.

"Anytime I'm not capable of going out there and practicing and missing a day of work it's never something to be happy about," said McCoy. "Missing a day of work can be frustrating because somebody's out there getting better and I'm not."

Here's the star player in mid-August working through an injury so he doesn't miss any more time. Seeing the angle, a reporter asked Kelly about McCoy's intensity as a practice player. The response probably wasn't what he was expecting.

"It's OK," said Kelly. "Some days he's great out there and there are other days he's not so great."

Alright, then. What about the injury?

"I don't think he'll ever play again," said Kelly, drawing laughs. "He's fine. It's not as big of an issue as I think anybody made it out to be."

The head coach added that McCoy is a competitor and wants to be out there, but wasn't going any further than that.

Kelly and McCoy have an interesting relationship. There is definitely no coddling going on here. Instead, Kelly finds areas of the back's game to critique, and gives some friendly pokes -- perhaps to ensure that his best player doesn't feel satisfied.


Josh Huff was in the locker room after practice today and revealed that his shoulder injury is an AC sprain, not a separation.

Asked if he thinks he'll be ready to go for the regular season, he said: "That's my plan, but just gonna rehab it and do everything I need to do to get back on the field with my team. ... Hoping to be back come Week 1 when we play Jacksonville."

Huff injured his shoulder on a kickoff return last week against the Jaguars.

"I didn't think it was anything serious until I tried to get up after I fell down," he said. "And that's when I couldn't feel my shoulder, so I ended up just going to the sideline and getting the diagnostic. It was just an AC sprain."

In other injury news: It sounds unlikely Brad Smith (groin) will play this week but he is expected to practice Saturday. Chris Polk (hamstring) remains sidelined. We'll have more on him later. Nolan Carroll (groin) has been able to to everything in practice, according to Kelly. They are hoping to have the chance to evaluate him against the Steelers.

Sheil Kapadia contributed to this article.

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  • Tom w

    Three weeks till season starts … Huff should be fine if nothing is broken, separated or tore in the shoulder. Coop and maclin don’t strike me as medical experts

    • ohitsdom

      Huff should be fine, as long as it’s nothing serious? Agreed!

      • Will, Always Shady in CA


        • ohitsdom


          • anon


          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Dis sounds serious.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            That was stupenDis.

        • MagatBrackendale

          Distortion? (Of the unknown facts?)

        • paul from nc


    • TNA

      Kempski reported it was an AC joint strain. CJ Spiller had a minor one last year I think and it cost him a few weeks.

  • RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

    turf toe

    • anon

      …can mess up a whole season.

      • RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        true. good news is that you can play through it.

        • shady25

          Turf toe has ended careers. Nothing to mess with.

  • Will, Always Shady in CA

    Don’t play Shady till the Jags game and give Josey more looks.

    • anon

      Exactly, not even sure i’d play him for the jags game.

      • Kevin.Rosenberger

        Why the he’ll wouldn’t you play him for the Jags game? Don’t overlook that team. Bradley has something going there.

        • anon

          If we need McCoy to beat the jags then the season is already lost.

          • Kevin.Rosenberger

            Umm.. I don’t think my comment said we need him to win. There is no reason to panic and sit him when it gives the jags a chance, when his presence will swing the game completely in the Eagles favor.

          • TripSquadMonopoly

            Lets all calm down lol. Fact is he better be out there hes trying to win a rushing title and were not taking any chances this season.

    • JosephR2225

      I agree, rest Shady… though I’m disappointed Polk isn’t healthy, I would like to see him get some looks.

      • shady25

        Starting to think Polk has the injury bug. Shoulder kept him out last year now it’s the hammy. You have to keep 4 RB’s if you are going to keep Polk on the roster. I don’t think Josey makes it to the practice squad. Just our luck someone like the Saints or Packers will sign him.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          Watch Brees turn him into his new Sproles.

  • Addicted2MAmula

    The whole team took on the ice challenge even Chip. Birds fly together!

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    I think it’s ok to feel happy that Brad Smith is out because it guarantees Pope Jordsus plays with the 1s as long as I promise to feel bad about feeling happy.

  • Nick C

    Chip may be treading a fine line between motivating and pissing off his star RB. I strongly hope it’s the former.

    • Septhinox

      McCoy has said many times how he loves how Chip pushes him.

    • Kelce’s Beard

      See the ESPN article last week about Shady/Chip?

      They’re fine

  • theedevilsadvocate

    do we think chip was really serious about how mccoy practices. really? ok then.

  • irvin792

    go momahtron! Sorry I am rooting for this guy.

    • shady25

      I’m not seeing it from him. He still looks slow to me. I’m rooting for him though. He really needs to ball out on ST’s these next 2 games to have a shot at the roster. We all know Maehl isn’t going anywhere.

    • RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      I’m sorry too

  • CitizenCraig

    Hope it’s ok – turf toe can be a season wrecker no joke

  • reader

    “Huff injured his shoulder on a kickoff return last week against the Jaguars.”
    Jaguars to Patriots

  • paul from nc

    Turf toe seems to be a minor issue, but it has sidelined many a player for long periods.
    Let’s hope it is not serious.