Against Pittsburgh, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy scored the game's first touchdown in the first quarter, but exited the game to have X-rays performed on his right thumb. They were negative. McCoy returned to the sideline, but his night was complete.
This is probably nothing to worry about, though it may take some time for the thumb to fully heal. At this point, Darren Sproles is the primary backup. Chris Polk is nursing a torn hamstring, but should be back soon.
Eagles RB Chris Polk hasn’t practiced in more than three weeks. He missed the first two preseason games and won’t play Thursday night in the third. He’s still not fully recovered from his hamstring injury.
It wasn’t a routine pull. He said he suffered a Grade 2 partial tear, the kind that keep guys -- running backs, especially -- sidelined for long periods of time. Polk hasn’t since been able to practice in any capacity. Last Thursday, hours before kickoff in New England, he jogged around the field in sweats and caught some balls to test his progress. He felt good, but not great.
He’s still not fully recovered and probably won’t be in the next few days, but Polk insisted that he’ll practice next week, whatever it takes. It’s risky, but he knows the NFL motto. Guys don’t make the club from the tub.
A Grade 2 tear typically takes four to six weeks, so Polk may return in one to three weeks depending on how quickly his muscle is healing. We believe that he would be the primary ballcarrier if LeSean McCoy were to miss time, but he has to get healthy and make the team first.
Barner played for Chip Kelly at Oregon, and was not going to contribute much in Carolina. It's a sign that the Eagles may be looking to shore up things behind Darren Sproles, since Chris Polk has been injured for much of camp.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 2:12pm
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, head coach Chip Kelly made it sound like that may have changed due to the running back missing over two weeks of practice with a hamstring injury.
"It's a big factor," Kelly said of Polk missing time. "You gotta be able to play. It's tough for us to say, we know what you can do, but you also have to go out on the field and show it."
Polk was expected to be LeSean McCoy's backup with Darren Sproles remaining as more of a receiver if McCoy would go down at any point this season. With Polk absent, backup running backs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey have gained ground on him for the final spot. Tucker had two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears in the team's first preseason game, and Henry had an impressive touchdown catch against the New England Patriots last week.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 11:36am
Undrafted Eagles rookie running back David Fluellen knows that you probably haven’t been paying too much attention to him thus far in Training Camp. It’s understandable, after all, with the likes of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles in the backfield and young, talented players like Chris Polk and Matthew Tucker ahead on the depth chart.
But Fluellen did his best to introduce himself to Eagles fans Friday night, rushing for 25 yards on six carries, including a few bruising runs between the tackles, and diving in for his first NFL touchdown on a 14-yard screen pass.
“I think they got a glimpse of what I could do. I feel like I can still do more and I just have to show it next week,” Fluellen said. “It was a great experience. My first NFL game, I went out there and just played and had fun with it.”
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9:29am
Eagles RB Matthews Tucker gained 55 total yards, 40 rushing on eight carries and 15 on a reception, and scored a pair of touchdowns. But he also coughed up the football in the third quarter that led to a Chicago touchdown, and left the game with a hamstring injury.
Tucker likely isn't going to be a fantasy factor with guys like LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk and Darren Sproles already ahead of him at the position.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:53pm
While most of the Eaagles running backs worked separately from one on ones Sunday, Darren Sproles worked with the receivers.
Chris Polk is shaping up to get carries if something were to happen to LeSean McCoy, so Sproles looks like he's going to play a big role in the passing game. The question is how many balls will there be to go around. The Eagles run enough plays that in deeper PPR leagues, Sproles could have a role.
The Eagles avoided major injuries after three days of training camp, but they aren’t 100 percent injury-free.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper, running back Chris Polk and center Julian Vandervelde are missing practice Wednesday. Cooper is dealing with a foot injury, coach Chip Kelly said, while Polk is nursing a hamstring tweak and Vandervelde is sidelined with a sore back.
Kelly said none of the injuries is considered major and all could be back “shortly.” Of the three, only Cooper is a starter.
As the article states, the injury isn't considered to be "major," so Cooper should be back at practice soon.
With the addition of Darren Sproles and the emergence of Chris Polk, the Eagles have the luxury of reducing LeSean McCoy's touches in 2014 if they choose to do so. But the 26-year-old is in the prime of his career and head coach Chip Kelly isn't going to put any sort of strict limit on McCoy's workload.
"I don't know if there's a set number. Some guys can handle it, but our strength and conditioning staff and our athletic trainers do an unbelievable job of evaluating our players weekly," Kelly told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "There's times where I say, 'Hey, do we need to back off?' They're like, 'No, we can even go harder with him,' because all of our players are investing in themselves. They're getting the proper amount of sleep. They're eating the right way. They're doing what we've asked them to do. They understand it because they feel really good."
With the arrival of Sproles, we have to believe that McCoy's touches will decrease somewhat. We project McCoy for 336 touches, which represents an 8 percent drop from his 2013 totals (366).
Sunday, July 6, 2014, 2:23pm
One of the few guys on offense who can expand his role in 2014 is Eagles RB Chris Polk, and given the success he had last year, I’d expect Polk to produce even more as LeSean McCoy’s backup than Bryce Brown did last year.
Part of the reason the Eagles were willing to part ways with Brown was the emergence of Polk, who made the most of his very limited opportunities on offense last year. Polk only got the ball 11 times, but he rushed for three touchdowns and 98 yards, averaging just under nine yards per carry. He scored a touchdown against Denver in Week 4 on his first carry as a pro, a 4-yarder.
Polk also plays special teams which is another reason the Birds could part ways with Brown. Mosher feels the team would give a lot of work to Polk if McCoy were ever to miss time, even though the team is going out of its way to say newly-acquired RB Darren Sproles isn't a receiver. Polk is someone to keep in mind as a handcuff to McCoy and we should get a better feel as to what his role will be this season during camp.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:03pm
"I definitely have a lot more confidence because reality is the best teacher," Polk explained. "Getting in the game, getting a feel for it, getting tackled, getting adjusted to the game speed - that helps. Last year, I felt like I was walking on egg shells because I didn’t have a lot of experience. I was out there just wide-eyed, but now the game is starting to slow down for me. I’m learning a lot from Darren and Shady to take my game to the next level."
What makes Polk’s 2013 campaign even more impressive is that he did most of his damage while dealing with a shoulder injury. Now fully healthy, Polk hopes to put any concerns about injuries behind him and play to his fullest in his third season in Philadelphia.
"I dislocated (my shoulder) in the Tampa Bay game and I had to wear the two straps, so I was kind of constricted," Polk explained. "I could only go so far when I was running, and it’s kind of hard to run without your arm, but now they’re free and I’m really looking forward to this year.
"He (was productive last season) and he's really had a great offseason," head coach Chip Kelly explained. "He worked extremely hard rehabbing his shoulders, but he was one of our key special teams players for us and you look at from probably the Detroit game on, he had a couple really big runs in that game and started to develop as a back, and (we’re) just trying to figure it out again where he fits in that piece. Obviously we have a talented one in (McCoy), and then when you add Sproles to the mix, where does Chris fit into it? But I think in terms what has he done in the offseason, I think he's really put himself in the picture."
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:58pm
The Eagles dealt Bryce Brown on draft day, and one of the reasons was their optimism in Chris Polk. The running back had offseason shoulder surgery, but he’s a player that the coaching staff likes quite a bit. Polk has good size and an aggressive running style. He had only 11 carries last season, but he finished with 98 yards and three touchdowns. Polk’s workload will depend on LeSean McCoy’s health and how involved Darren Sproles is in the running game, but the Brown trade should be viewed as an encouraging sign for Polk.
“Obviously we have a talented one in LeSean, and then when you add Sproles to the mix, where does Chris fit into it?” Kelly said. “ But I think in terms what has he done in the offseason, I think he's really put himself in the picture.”
Monday, December 16, 2013, 9:36am
Polk did not record a carry and dropped a third-down pass, which was the only pass intended for him. He also played on special teams. Polk rushed for a touchdown last week and earned the praise of the coaches, who said he deserves more playing time.
Something to keep in mind if you're a McCoy owner. If McCoy would go down it's likely there would be some sort of split anyway, but at this point it looks like Polk would be in line for a majority of the work and perhaps even goal line chances, given he's the bigger back.
Friday, November 8, 2013, 6:22pm
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