McCoy passes Staley's all-time rushing mark

Posted: November 19, 2013

THERE IS never an absence of drama with LeSean McCoy.

Whether it is stealing a Redskins fan's banner before the game or breaking Redskins defenders' ankles during the game, excitement seems to follow the fifth-year running back. He added another accolade to his list yesterday afternoon as he became the first player in the NFL to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark.

But McCoy didn't care about holding the title as the league's most proficient rusher. He says he did not know that he had eclipsed the millennium mark until after it happened. But the Pittsburgh product did know about another mark he wanted to pass.

"I know I needed 10 yards to pass Duce [Staley]," McCoy said. "So I knew that was going to happen. We did not talk about it too much about it. I found out about it late in the week. We really didn't have enough time to talk about it."

From 1997 to 2003, Staley accumulated 4,807 rushing yards as an Eagle. With 77 yards on 20 carries against the Redskins, McCoy now has 4,875 yards in an Eagles uniform, good for fourth in the franchise. He also added two 1-yard touchdown runs and made an impact in the passing game, catching four balls for 73 yards. The catch that brought the most excitement to Lincoln Financial Field was a 49-yard wheel-route catch and run that brought the Eagles down to the 4-yard line in the first quarter.

"They tried to stop the run," McCoy said. "We gave them a run look and the defensive end played with me, which I guess they thought was a good idea, and Nick found me and threw it. It was a great read."

Just a few minutes later, Shady exploded on a run after breaking tackles on the sideline, and broke free into the secondary. With nobody around him, he dove to the ground and immediately grabbed his hamstring.

"I felt it grab," McCoy said. "I kind of was down, and I didn't want to get touched. It felt like it gave out. I felt sharp pain and I didn't really know what I was going to do. I think it was like a cramp. It just grabbed really tight. I don't know if it was the way I was cutting or running, but it just gave out."

McCoy said he knew that it was not that serious, and he believed that he would be back for the second half. Chip Kelly did not even think about it when he went to the locker room at halftime.

"I never ask," Kelly said about assessing injuries. "They just say if he's up, he's down. When I came in at halftime, they said he was good."

Despite going to the locker room for the final minutes of the second quarter, Shady returned for the start of the third quarter and took the first hand off of the second half. He looked like he was 100 percent for the rest of the game, cutting and juking with his normal ease. He absorbed contact, per usual, and bounced off to extend and make plays that ordinarily would not be there.

"I felt good," McCoy added. "I was making the same cuts. Felt good running."

As good as McCoy was yesterday, he had five rushes for losses, the most he has ever had in one game for his career. Despite being bottled up at the line on some occasions, McCoy and the rest of the team are taking care of the ball, helping the Eagles immensely. McCoy has only surrendered one fumble, which would tie a career best for him.

"The biggest thing I think we're doing offensively is we're not turning the ball over," Kelly said. "We're not putting ourselves in bad situations. We're continuing to win that turnover battle."

If the Eagles can continue to win the turnover battle, and McCoy continues on his NFL-leading pace, the 6-5 NFC East leaders could be playoff bound.

"We're going to pick our heads up on Dec. 29 to figure out where we are," Kelly said.

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