This is one of the more underrated moments of the Eagles’ 2010 season.
In the Eagles’ fourth game of the season, a 17-12 loss to the Washington Redskins, running back LeSean McCoy cracked a rib. He continued to play and finished the game with a career-high 12 catches for 110 yards.
I expected McCoy to miss one, two, and maybe even three games with his injury. After all, a running back needs strong ribs to absorb the many hits he is going to be taking throughout the game, and McCoy isn’t a big guy either.
I wanted McCoy to heal but I was also very concerned about the Eagles’ current running back situation.
Backup Mike Bell was a complete bust, carrying 12 times for 20 yards through the season’s first four games. He clearly couldn’t be trusted to handle 15 to 20 carries.
Third-string running back Eldra Buckley was not a reliable option. He had just 15 carried the season before and had touched the ball just once in 2010: a 10-yard reception which he fumbled away in the Green Bay loss.
Fullback Leonard Weaver was out for the season and Owen Schmitt was not the guy to take some carries.
I expected the Eagles to sign somebody and was surprised and disappointed when they didn’t.
The game (against the San Francisco 49ers) rolled around and not only did McCoy heroically play, but he rushed 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 46 yards.
The Eagles won 27-24, improving their record to 3-2.
McCoy continued to play for the rest of the season with his rib injury. I’m not even sure when it completely healed, but it never seemed to affect his production.
He did not play the last game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys because Andy Reid rested his starters, but he played all 15 games that he dressed for this season.
Without a doubt, LeSean McCoy was one of the biggest surprises for the Philadelphia Eagles this season.
Not only is he the reincarnation of Brian Westbrook, but he is tough as nails.
And he’s just 22 years old right now.