LeSean McCoy knows what it takes to be an elite level NFL running back, and that includes being able to fight through the pain sometimes. Reports surfaced today stating that McCoy had incurred a minor case of turf toe during the Philadelphia Eagles practices alongside the New England Patriots.
The toe injury caused McCoy to miss practice on Sunday as a precaution, but he returned to the field today. Regardless of the amount of pain it may have caused, McCoy knew he had to be on the practice field with his teammates Monday.
“[Sunday] it was really, really hurting pretty bad,” McCoy told CSNPhilly. “It felt a little better today, so I went for it. Anytime I’m not capable of going out there and practicing and missing a day of work, it’s not something to be happy about. Unless it’s a day off and the team has a day off. Missing a day of work can be frustrating.”
McCoy speaks like a true teammate who knows that his team needs him in order to perform the way they are capable of doing. Although he would like to tough it out as long as possible, McCoy knows that if it gets any worse he will have to shut it down.
“If it hurts too much, I’ll shut it down,” McCoy continued. “I warmed up today and it felt good. I can feel it still, but I pushed through it. In this league, you have to learn how to play through pain if you can. And if you can, you have to go out there and work hard…my track record, I don’t miss a lot of games, I don’t miss a lot of practices.”
McCoy wants to reach 2,000 rushing yards this season, so he will undoubtedly have to play through pain as the season progresses. Eagles fans can only hope that McCoy’s toe heals quickly.