Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says he couldn’t breath in Denver

Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) rushes with the against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 52-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

For opposing teams, there is nothing fun about playing in Denver. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing the Rockies, Nuggets or Broncos, you feel the rarefied air. It’s something Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy got a taste of Sunday afternoon in the Eagles’ blowout loss to the Denver Broncos, where he was seen leaving the field multiple times and now we know why – he couldn’t breath.


Running back LeSean McCoy said he “couldn’t breathe” during the first half. He had to leave the game for long stretches. Tight end Brent Celek said the thin air made it tough for him, as well.

“It’s not an excuse,” Celek said. “They had to play in the same conditions.”

Except, of course, the Broncos live here and are acclimated to the thinner air.

There really is no better home field advantage in professional sports. The Rockies don’t get much use of it considering there’s no consistent sprinting, but you constantly hear opposing NBA and NFL teams complain about the air.

Topics: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

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