Reid: McCoy Injured in Final Minutes of Blowout Because Eagles Were trying to catch up

Reid: McCoy Injured in Final Minutes of Blowout Because Eagles Were trying to catch up

As if things couldn’t get any worse this season, All-Pro
running back and last remaining beacon of light LeSean McCoy sustained a
concussion while the Eagles were running meaningless plays in the final moments of
a humiliating 31-6 loss in Washington. It’s early, so there is no word yet on how
severe it is, but in this day and age we’re all hyper-sensitive to these types
of injury.

But why was McCoy on the field in the first place with less
than two minutes remaining, and the outcome decided? According to the head
coach, the Eagles were trying to win the game.

The first question Andy Reid was asked at the post-game
press conference was why he would have arguably his best player on the field in
that situation. Reid responded as if he were delusional.

“Because we’re trying to catch up and win the game.”

Um… you mean the game against the Redskins? The one the
Eagles played (allegedly) on Sunday?

Astonishing as Reid’s answer was, how was he supposed to
respond? There was some outcry that McCoy was still in the game at this stage,
but why wouldn’t he play? Teams usually yank starters because they are
way ahead on the scoreboard, not necessarily when they are way behind.

And if that is your mentality, that McCoy should not have
been on the field because the outcome was decided, why should McCoy suit up for the rest of the season at all? For that matter, why should DeSean Jackson, or anybody else who has a huge contract? Who is Nick Foles supposed to be throwing or handing
the ball off to right now when every snap he gets is so important to his
development?

The fact is Shady gets paid millions of dollars to play
football, so that’s what he was doing in the fourth quarter. The main reason
teams pull productive players like McCoy from a game is because they have
something to play for next week. Clearly the Eagles do not.

As for Andy, it's no surprise he didn't quite know how to respond. He hasn't held the answers to much of anything this season.

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Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.