LeSean McCoy was cleared to return to football this week and according to Andy Reid, that's exactly what he'll do. Reid said today that McCoy will start this Sunday against the Redskins, but will split carries with rookie Bryce Brown.
The move is certain to be met with mixed reaction among Eagles fans who were mostly fine with the idea of shutting down McCoy for the final two, meaningless games. The argument is that McCoy playing only increases his chances of getting another injury and the Eagles chances of actually winning the games. Neither of those two things would be good for the team going forward.
That said, it is difficult to tell a healthy young guy he can't play because you're "saving" him. I have no doubt that McCoy wants to be back out on the field and I think he deserves to play.
At least according to Reid, Bryce Brown will still continue to get work and McCoy's workload should presumably be lighter than it would if the game mattered.
While losing still remains the best thing the Eagles can do this year, at least having Shady back out there may bring a little bit of fun back to watching the team. We've sorely lacked that for most of this year.
In other Eagles returning from injury back into a starting role news... Kurt Coleman is healthy and gets his starting job back, but not from Colt Anderson... No, it's Nate Allen who is heading to the bench while Colt retains his starting job.
Also, as we mentioned earlier Michael Vick will be the 3rd QB Sunday. In all likelihood, he won't even be active.