The Philadelphia Eagles had a miserable first half against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, but they barely escaped it becoming monumentally worse. The air was sucked out of Lincoln Financial Field when star running back LeSean McCoy was hit on a run near the end of the second quarter and stayed down. McCoy has been the engine of the Eagles offense since the departure of Brian Westbrook years ago but recently became exponentially more important with the hire of Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. With McCoy lying on the field, writhing in pain, the Eagles’ season lay in the balance.
McCoy was able to get himself to his feet and leave under his own power, but he did go immediately to the locker room. The questions remained about his health through halftime and a number retirement ceremony for former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. As the Eagles returned to the field for the second half, they did so without McCoy leaving everyone wondering about his health and the remainder of Philadelphia’s young season. Without the services of the All-Pro running back, the Eagles’ season would virtually be over before it really got going.
Within a few moments, the crowd roared its approval as McCoy made his way back onto the field and took his place next to Michael Vick as the Eagles’ offense attempted to climb back into the game. In the end, the offense couldn’t get things going and it wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell to Andy Reid and the Chiefs. However, McCoy’s return to the field and the season leaves Philadelphia still a contender in a wide open NFC East.