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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy did not discuss the severity of the ankle injury he suffered Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys, but he strongly indicated that he would not be available on Sunday during the Eagles' season finale against the Washington Redskins.
Just 123 yards away from breaking the team's rushing record of 1,512 yards set by Wilbert Montgomery in 1979, McCoy acted like a man who feared he would not get a chance at history.
"Montgomery, he's probably smiling right now," McCoy said. "I'll get it next year - hopefully."
McCoy rushed for 35 yards on 13 carries against the Cowboys, hurting himself early in the fourth quarter. If McCoy cannot play Sunday against the Redskins, Ronnie Brown would likely receive the majority of carries.
The Eagles don't have much reason to rush McCoy back from injury, since the team has been eliminated from the playoffs.
Sunday's 20-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys meant only one thing to most Philadelphia Eagles fans, who already knew their team wasn't going to the playoffs after the New York Giants defeated the New York Jets, 29-14, earlier in the day, but a drop in the 2012 NFL draft order.
Yes, sure a victory over their NFC East rivals, which extended the Eagles winning streak to three games, is a solid way to finish the season that has mostly been a nightmare. However, for those fans specifically interested in how the wins and losses impact Philly's draft status, well, our friends at SB Nation Washington D.C. posted the current draft order if the season ended this Sunday.
Here is the order as it stands:
For more in the 2012 NFL Draft, visit Mocking The Draft.
By the time the Philadelphia Eagles scored their first touchdown on Saturday early in the first quarter, they had already been eliminated from the 2011 playoffs, thanks to the New York Giants' 29-14 victory over the New York Jets. But the Eagles played hard, and benefited from a hand injury to Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, in a 20-7 victory that helped them complete a season sweep of Big D.
The Eagles got on the board on their first drive of the game after Michael Vick hit Brent Celek in the back of the end zone for a 13 yard touchdown. On the Cowboys' ensuing drive, Tony Romo crushed his throwing hand on the front of the helmet of an unblocked Jason Babin. The hand immediately swelled up, and Romo was taken out of the game and into the locker room for x-rays, which came back negative. There has been no word from Dallas on the severity of Romo's injury, which is currently being called a "right hand contusion," but Romo was seen on the sideline toward the end of the game telling a Cowboys staffer that he'll "be fine."
His replacement, back up QB Stephen McGee, was efficient and careful with the ball, going 24-38 for 182 yards and a garbage time touchdown to Miles Austin with seven seconds left in the game. But the Eagles defense continued its stellar end of the season, holding the Cowboys to only 238 total yards, some of which came long after the game was decided.
The Eagles were led on offense by QB Michael Vick, who was 18-32 for 293 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin both contributed five catches on the day, with Jackson going for 90 yards and a touchdown and Maclin for 72. Running back LeSean McCoy was mostly neutralized on the day, running for only 35 yards, and he left the game temporarily with a left ankle injury before returning for one carry in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles will end their 2011 season next week at home against the Washington Redskins. Philly will have a chance to finish 8-8, which is pretty good considering where they were a month ago, but pretty disappointing considering the preseason expectations for the team.
Philadelphia Eagles star RB LeSean McCoy left Saturday night's game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury. McCoy was seen in pain as his left ankle was worked on on the Eagles sideline, before being carted off to the locker room to have x-rays taken.
Back up RB Ronnie Brown came in for McCoy, but the Eagles mostly stuck with the pass. McCoy returned to the game for the Eagles with less than ten minutes to go, rushing the ball off right tackle for no gain. McCoy has had a spectacular season for the Eagles, and Philadelphia will have to weigh whether or not it's worth risking any sort of long term injury as their season winds down with no hope of making the playoffs.
A 43-yard field goal from Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery extend Philly's lead over the Dallas Cowboys to 17-0 late in the third quarter. The kick concluded a five play, 34-yard drive that the Eagles started at their own 41 yard line. The drive began with a 39-yard pass from Michael Vick to Brent Celek, but it stalled after that, with the Eagles failing to gain another yard on the drive.
The Cowboys continued to struggle moving the ball in the third quarter. Back up QB Stephen McGee— who entered the game after a hand injury to starting QB Tony Romo— has been efficient and careful, but the Cowboys have been unable to string together a long drive. Dallas has only 151 total yards, no plays for 20 yards or longer, only 10 first downs and is 3-11 on third downs.
A five yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin with five seconds left in the first half gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 14-0 lead over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. The Eagles started the drive at their own 13, and moved down the field on six plays in 50 seconds, completing passes for gains of 22, 33 and 27 before the final pass to Maclin.
The big story of the first half is the health of Dallas QB Tony Romo, who exited the game after the Cowboys' first drive when he banged his throwing hand against the helmet of Eagles DE Jason Babin. The x-rays on Romo's hand came back negative, and he looked jovial on the sidelines despite his hand being severely swollen.
He was replaced by back up Stephen McGee, who has been efficient but not spectacular, going 11-14 for 91 yards in the half. The Cowboys running game, which has fallen on the shoulders of an injured Felix Jones and Sammy Morris, only gained 47 yards in the half.
For both the Cowboys and the Eagles, tonight's game is essentially meaningless. The New York Giants' victory today over the New York Jets eliminated the Eagles from playoff contention, and set up a play-in game between the Giants and Cowboys in Week 17, regardless of the outcome of today's Eagles-Cowboys game.
The Eagles and Jets both felt the pain of having their playoffs resting on Mark Sanchez today as the Giants beat the Jets 29-14 today at Met Life Stadium. Sanchez threw two picks, fumbled three times (two were overturned) and was sacked for a safety. He finished the day with a 54.2 QB rating.
But in the end, it’s not Mark Sanchez’s fault that the Eagles will be sitting home in January this year. They only have themselves to blame. Hoping to get to 8-8 and sneak into the playoffs is no way to live. This Eagles team has been a disappointment any way you slice it and an undeserved 8-8 playoff appearance would have only served to mask that.
The Giants result does change the dynamic of today’s game. For the Eagles, they’re just playing for pride. For Dallas, the game has become essentially meaningless. Whether they win or lose today, they will have to beat the Giants next week in what has essentially become the NFC East division championship game.
So unfortunately, the Eagles don’t even get to play spoiler… at least not in the literal sense. A hit from Jason Babin has already knocked Tony Romo out of the game. He was taken to the locker room for x-rays on his right hand. at this point, you would have to wonder whether the Cowboys would even think it was worth putting him back in?
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has gone to the Dallas locker room after injuring his throwing hand during the Cowboys' first drive of the game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. On third down, Eagles defensive lineman Jason Babin rushed up the middle untouched and hit Romo, who seemed to injure his hand on the follow through after his throw.
With the New York Giants winning today, next week's game between the Giants and Cowboys is a de facto NFC East title game regardless of the outcome of today's Cowboys-Eagles game, and Dallas head coach Jason Garrett will have to weigh whether or not he wants to risk Romo's health in a game that is now essentially meaningless for the Cowboys. Back-up QB Stephen McGee entered the game for the Cowboys after Romo's injury.
According to Fox's television broadcast, Romo will indeed sit out for the rest of the game with a right hand contusion. Fox's Pam Oliver reported that x-rays on the hand came back negative. McGee, who hadn't thrown a pass in the 2011 regular season, has started 4-5 for 36 yards.
The Philadelphia Eagles capped an eight play, 80 yard drive with a 13 yard touchdown strike from Michael Vick to Brent Celek to go up 7-0 on the Dallas Cowboys early in the first quarter. Vick completed four of six passes for 57 yards on the drive, to go along with five yards on two carries for LeSean McCoy.
On Dallas' ensuing drive, the Cowboys punted after five plays. Their drive started with a 10 yard run by Felix Jones, but two Tony Romo incomplete passes, which sandwiched a six yard run by Jones on second and ten, ground the drive to a halt and forced the Cowboys to give the ball back to the Eagles, who took over on their own 20.
The injury report for the Philadelphia Eagles has been released, and quarterback Michael Vick, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back Ronnie Brown are all active for the Week 16 match up with the Dallas Cowboys. During the week, Vick was kept out of practice with a rib injury, while Brown and Maclin were battling hamstring issues.
Also playing Sunday WILL be:
The following players WILL NOT play Sunday:
DE Brandon Graham
OT Winston Justice
The Cowboys inactives are out and running back Felix Jones is active but his playing status hinges on if the New York Giants win or lose to the New York Jets. If the Giants win, then Jones will not play, but if the Giants fall then Jones will try to give it a go.
If you're a Philadelphia Eagles fan scoreboard watching the early Week 16 NFL games Saturday and curious what needs to happen for the Eagles to remain in the NFC playoff race. Well, you're in luck, as it's all pretty simple.
Basically, all that needs to happen this week is:
If the Giants win then the Eagles are eliminated from the playoff race
However, if all goes the Eagles way this week, then next week all the needs to happen is:
Eagles defeat the Washington Redskins
Giants beat the Cowboys.
Here's a quick look at the NFC playoff picture right now.
Multiple reports say that Jones' status could be determined by the outcome of the New York Giants-New York Jets game early Saturday afternoon. Jones almost certainly will not play against Philadelphia if the Giants win, but it is possible that he plays if the Giants fall. Matt Mosley reports that Jones would be "50-50" if the Giants lose.
Jones has not practiced this week after his hamstring tightened up on his final carry against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The fourth-year back is officially listed as questionable.
Jones lost his starting position to DeMarco Murray earlier this season, but Murray recently underwent surgery to repair a broken fracture in his ankle and is expected to miss another month.
If Jones does not go against Philadelphia, Sammy Morris is expected to get the majority of carries.
Game time, TV schedule and more for the Eagles-Cowboys game on Saturday afternoon.
After missing two straight day of practice with a hamstring injury, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel has been ruled out for Saturday's Week 16 match up at the Dallas Cowboys (4:15 p.m. ET on FOX). The absence of the four-time Pro Bowler Samuel, who hurt his hamstring in the Eagles-Jets game, will be a tough one to overcome for Philadelphia (6-8), which needs to beat the Cowboys (8-6) to keep its playoff hopes alive.
"It's tough for those guys to get through the season, at least the history of it has been that way here," Reid said. "That position (and) your D-line, you can't have enough of those guys, and we're fortunate to have the guys we have at that spot."
Philly was all but eliminated from playoff contention just a few weeks ago, but heading into Week 16 of the 2011 season, the Eagles could have a chance to put themselves in a grand position to, believe it or not, capture the East title and work their way into the postseason.
The Philadelphia Eagles last injury report is available as they continue prepare for their game against the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (Groin) returned to full participation at practice today. Defensive tackle Trevor Laws (Knee) was the only Eagle limited in practice today. Cornerback Asante Samuel (Hamstring) was the only player who did not practice on Thursday. Samuel was injured in the Eagles' win over the Jets last week and didn't return to the game.
The following players were not limited in practice today:
The Cowboys also released their injury report today. The following players were held out of practice: NT Josh Brent (Knee), WR Andre Holmes (Hamstring), RB Felix Jones (Hamstring), S Danny McCray (Ankle), WR Kevin Ogletree (Knee). The following players were limited in practice: CB Mike Jenkins (Shoulder), G Kyle Kosier (Foot), NT Jay Ratliff(Ribs), WR Laurent Robinson (Shoulder), LB DeMarcus Ware (Neck). The following players were not limited in practice: LB Sean Lee (Wrist), P Mat McBriar (Left foot).
The Philadelphia Eagles released their current injury report on Wednesday as they prepare for this week's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Cornerback Asante Samuel (Hamstring) was the only Eagle not in practice today. Eagles coach Andy Reid expects Samuel to play in Saturday's game (via CSN Philly). Defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins (Groin) and Trevor Laws (Knee) were the only players limited in practice on Wednesday.
The following players were not limited in practice today:
The Cowboys also released their injury report today. The following players were held out of practice: NT Josh Brent (Knee), WR Andre Holmes (Hamstring), RB Felix Jones (Hamstring), S Danny McCray (Ankle), WR Kevin Ogletree (Knee). The following players were limited in practice: CB Mike Jenkins (Shoulder), G Kyle Kosier (Foot), NT Jay Ratliff (Ribs), WR Laurent Robinson (Shoulder), LB DeMarcus Ware (Neck). The following players were not limited in practice: LB Sean Lee (Wrist), P Mat McBriar (Left foot).
While the big story of the last Eagles vs Cowboys game was the way the birds rushing attack had their way with Dallas, but we can’t forget how ruthlessly efficient Michael Vick was.
He was 21 of 28 (75%) for 279 yards and 2 TDs and no picks. He had a QB rating of 129.9 and also rushed for 50 yards. A reporter actually asked him this week whether he thought that was the best game of his career?
“I don’t know,” Vick replied. “I can’t say that really because I feel that I have had a lot of great performances and great games. I really can’t say that.”
It may not have been his best statistical game (the Skins 50 pointer may hold that distinction) but he was masterful in this game. He seemed to know every coverage the Cowboys deployed, he recognized blitzes and had at least two audibles that resulted in TDs.
But of course, past performance doesn’t equal future success and Vick isn’t as healthy as he was then and the Cowboys are at home. Mike knows it won’t be easy again.
“I do know that they’ll come in prepared and ready to play. We will, too, so it’ll be a good game.”
Eagles QB Michael Vick says his team is ready to fight for a playoff spot.