In the Philadelphia Eagles victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Eagles Fans let out a united “gasp” when running back LeSean McCoy injured his hamstring just before the end of the first half. Luckily, McCoy returned in the first drive of the third quarter and essentially helped seal the game with a touchdown. During the game, McCoy also passed the 1,000 rushing yard mark for the season.
This is the third time for McCoy to pass this mark in the last five years. Last season, LeSean recorded a total of 840 rushing yards after a concussion shortened his season. The veteran is considered by many to be the best running back in the NFL right now. His versatility and consistency is the foundation of the Eagles offense. And their current three-game winning streak is inpart due to McCoy’s stellar play so far this year.
McCoy himself wasn’t aware he broke the running back benchmark. In fact, he told philadelphiaeagles.com after the game that he actually had another record in mind:
“I didn’t know (about breaking 1,000 yards). I did know this though – I had ten yards to pass (running backs coach and former Eagle running back) Duce (Staley for fourth on the Eagles all-time rushing list). So I knew that was going to happen.”
When McCoy was asked how he felt about breaking the 1000 rushing yard mark in Week Eleven, he responded:
“It just means that I have more yards to get. I think the whole offensive line is playing excellent. They are giving me lanes and giving me one-on-one opportunities. They are rolling and I am just running behind them.”