Josh McCown suffered a torn hamstring during the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks last weekend, according to a report from ESPN’s Tim McManus. Mike Garafolo specifically adds that McCown’s hamstring tore off the bone during the Eagles’ second quarter and he’s now in for a six month post-surgery recovery period.
This news makes McCown’s effort against the Seahawks even more impressive. After having to come in for a concussed Carson Wentz, the 40-year-old backup quarterback finished the game with a 75% completion rate for 174 yards (7.3 average), 0 TD, 0 INT, and a 94.8 passer rating. His performance clearly wasn’t good enough to help the Eagles win but he gave the Eagles everything he had while playing through pain.
Here's where the Josh McCown torn hammy occurred. Two plays later throws the Gibson bomb for DPI. Warrior. pic.twitter.com/T2NFv7q4u5— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) January 10, 2020
Had McCown not been able to tough it out, the Eagles would’ve been forced to use former practice squad wide receiver Greg Ward at quarterback since Nate Sudfeld was inactive. Sudfeld would’ve been Wentz’s backup moving forward in the playoffs had the Eagles beat Seattle.
McCown’s appearance against the Seahawks marked his first ever playoff game and potentially the final one of his career. He’s set to be a free agent this offseason and he has options outside of playing football that include coaching and/or broadcasting.
McCown should always be remembered fondly in Philly. In addition to being a warrior on the field, he played a key part behind the scenes during the Eagles’ late season turnaround.
Get well soon, Josh, and thanks for your efforts.