"It's sore, man,” McCoy said after the Eagles beat the Steelers, 31-21, in a preseason game at the Linc (see Instant Replay). “But I'll be all right."
McCoy, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion, exited in the first quarter after suffering the injury. He had already scored a 22-yard touchdown and totaled 50 yards (see 10 observations). He came back from the locker room and just watched the rest of the game with his teammates.
After the game, coach Chip Kelly offered very little in the form of updated information.
“The update is he hurt his thumb and he was out,” Kelly said. “So I haven’t talked to him since then. I was talking to him on the sideline and he seemed to be in good spirits, so I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
Don’t expect to see McCoy before the Sept. 7 season opener. Starters, especially ones of McCoy’s caliber, don’t usually play in the preseason finale. McCoy will likely sit next Thursday against the Jets.
Matthew Tucker and Darren Sproles filled in after McCoy left against the Steelers. Sproles rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and Tucker added two more 1-yard touchdowns.
McCoy, meanwhile, could use the rest after a tough week. He had missed Sunday’s practice -- his first of camp -- and said his toe had flared up last week in joint practices with New England. He even mentioned not playing or practicing if the pain became too unbearable.
He didn’t seem bothered by the toe in his short duty against the Steelers. McCoy totaled 50 yards on six touches, including a 22-yard score on a well-executed screen. He ran four times for 24 yards, showing his trademark elusiveness on a 15-yard run that first looked like it wouldn’t gain positive yards.
The Eagles were a little thin at running back to start the game, with Chris Polk -- McCoy’s projected backup, along with Sproles -- out with a hamstring injury. The team also traded running back David Fluellen to Indianapolis for kicker Cody Parkey.
Without McCoy, the Eagles were down to just Sproles, Tucker, rookie free agent Henry Josey and newcomer Kenjon Barner, who was acquired in a trade with Carolina. Josey ran for 48 yards on four carries. Tucker ran for 46 yards on 10 carries. Sproles gained 33 yards on six carries.