Andy Reid said Friday he thinks LeSean McCoy might go to an independent neurologist for clearance on Tuesday, before the team begins preparations in earnest for the next game, Dec. 23 against Washington. McCoy can practice without the clearance, but he needs it to play.
McCoy, 24, is a huge part of the Eagles’ future. How much do you risk in two meaningless end-of-season games? People did buy tickets. Reid seemed to be indicating Friday that 21-year-old rookie Bryce Brown won’t simply go back to the bench if McCoy returns; Brown, who barely played in college, is a raw talent who needs game action.
“He needs to play. That’s why I haven’t sat him down because of the fumbles,” Reid said of Brown.
Brown has officially lost three fumbles this year, but was at least partly responsible for one in Week 15 against Cincy. And as Reid said, Brown needs time on the field. It will likely be a situation to stay away from if both backs are getting carries. There's no real indication of how they could be used, either. And, the team also wants to get a good look at rookie QB Nick Foles at the same time.