Eagles Notes: McCoy wins NFC honor for December

LeSean McCoy, named NFC offensive player of the month, rushed for 589 yards in December.
LeSean McCoy, named NFC offensive player of the month, rushed for 589 yards in December. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 04, 2014

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was named NFC offensive player of the month in December after leading the NFL with 598 rushing yards and 738 yards from scrimmage while the Eagles went 4-1. McCoy scored five touchdowns, including four on the ground.

McCoy is the first Eagles running back to win the award. He's the second consecutive Eagles player to win it after quarterback Nick Foles took the same honor for November. They are the third quarterbackrunning back combination to earn the award in consecutive months since 2000.

"I'm proud of Shady. He's a tremendous running back," Foles said. "I think it's a testament to our O-line for doing a great job opening the holes for him. Those guys don't get nearly enough credit for what they've done this year."

Wolff works out

Earl Wolff returned to practice Thursday for the team's walk-through, which typically takes place two days before the game. That practice has not necessarily signaled that a player would play in the game, but Wolff was encouraged by the way his right knee felt after his post-practice workout and is still confident that he can play Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.

Wolff practiced outside after the team's walk-through and tried football activity - "basically, what I'd go through in a game" is how Wolff described it.

The decision to play Saturday is not his to make. Wolff said the training staff would evaluate how he did Thursday. Wolff added that he must see how his body responds Friday, when the Eagles practice again. There are also pregame drills on Saturday that could be important.

"All I know is it felt a lot better today than it did before," Wolff said. "They recorded me moving around a little bit, doing functional stuff."

Wolff missed Tuesday and Wednesday practices. Coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday that Wolff must practice in order to play. Wolff said his absence during the first two days was the training staff's decision. It appears to be the opposite approach of one week ago, when Wolff practiced during the week but was not able to play in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Wolff has missed five of the last six games with a right-knee injury. He suffered the injury Nov. 10 and reinjured it Dec. 22.

The Eagles have struggled at safety and could use Wolff back in the lineup. Kurt Coleman has split practice snaps with Patrick Chung this week, and both could play on defense Saturday. Even if Wolff is in the lineup, the Eagles must see if he can return to his pre-injury form. But simply being activated for the game remains a question.

"It's not my call. It's their call," Wolff said. "I feel good today, but it's up to them."

Extra points

Offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde continued to miss practice with a back injury. He appears unlikely to play. Matt Tobin was active last week in his place. Vandervelde is center Jason Kelce's backup, but guard Evan Mathis can shift to center if something happens to Kelce.


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