LeSean McCoy has issues with his phalanges. His toe is sore and his thumb wrapped up. The extremities aren’t cause for extreme caution. He is said to be ready to go full tilt for the season open against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“You know I’m durable,” McCoy said to ESPN.com‘s Phil Sheridan after practicing Sunday.
He’s certainly limited, however.
“Right now,” McCoy said, “I can’t do too much with (the thumb), as far as catching with it. I’ve got another two weeks for it to get better, and it will. The toe’s feeling good.”
But he won’t be limited by game time.
“Catch with two hands, with one hand, spike the ball, do everything you can do,” McCoy said. “Blocking? Everything.”
Everything. That’s what the Eagles are hoping out of LeSean McCoy. He was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2013 in one of the league’s most potent offenses. If Chip Kelly’s Eagles want an encore performance, then they’ll need LeSean McCoy to lead the way. He understands his value and talent — he even proclaimed himself a better back than Adrian Peterson. He’s a natural born competitor.
“I’m always trying to find a challenge, something to compete against,” McCoy said. “I play against different running backs that people talk about all the time. I want to be one of the backs that people talk about. `How good is he?’ There’s always a challenge as players. You find ways to push yourself.”
He’s always played through nagging injuries. It looks like he may have to do that again this season.