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Monday, October 11, 2010
LeSean McCoy takes one for the team

By Matt Mosley

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb deserves a lot of praise for the way he played in a 27-24 win over the 49ers, but running back LeSean McCoy was the star of the game. Daily News NFL columnist Paul Domowitch takes a long look at what McCoy accomplished in the game.

Playing with a broken rib, McCoy accounted for 138 total yards on 18 carries and five catches. He found a seam late in the first half and raced for a 29-yard touchdown. I assure you that McCoy won a ton of respect from his teammates by playing through the pain on a night the Eagles desperately needed him. Coach Andy Reid didn't have the luxury of being able to take it easy on his young running back.

"You gotta give him credit,'' head coach Reid said of McCoy following the game. "He's a tough kid. There was no doubt he was going to play. He went places a lot of people wouldn't go."

McCoy can be Kolb's security blanket as long as the quarterback's in the lineup. He's capable of turning a check-down pass into a 20-yard gain and he's become a more powerful runner. You see things from McCoy that remind you of Brian Westbrook from four or five years ago. He's not as consistent in the passing game as Westbrook was, but give him a little time.

If Reid will continue to feed McCoy the ball, he's going to have a big season. Right now, Ahmad Bradshaw and McCoy are, hands down, the best backs in the division. Felix Jones looked good Sunday, but he needs to put a couple of strong games together.