Friday, September 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA – Observed in the locker room after the Philadelphia Eagles' 26-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
Playing hurt: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was limping severely as he walked to and from the trainers’ room. McCoy suffered what he termed a high right ankle sprain late in the second quarter.
It looked –- and felt –- much worse.
“The way I landed, I felt pain right away,” McCoy said. “I had that type of injury before and I felt the same type of pain, so I thought it was something serious.”
McCoy was X-rayed before halftime. He came back on the field with his teammates for the second half, but was not on the field for the first series. After trying his ankle out, he went back in and promptly broke a 30-yard run. McCoy added a 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“I still was in pain,” McCoy said. “A couple of runs, I could feel it.”
McCoy finished the game with 158 yards on 20 carries (92 yards on nine carries after being hurt). He leads the NFL with 395 rushing yards.
Vick fine … physically: Michael Vick limped off the field after being sacked with just over one minute left in the game. Nick Foles went on the field but didn’t run a play after a replay review showed Vick had fumbled the ball away.
"I was going back in," Vick said. "I had both my ankles rolled up on. It felt better right away."
After two relatively mistake-free games, Vick threw two interceptions to go with the lost fumble.
Confusion on the line: The game featured two of the three offensive tackles taken with the first four picks of this year’s draft. Kansas City’s Eric Fisher, the first overall pick, committed two penalties. The Eagles’ Lane Johnson, taken fourth, was schooled by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston.
Houston had 3.5 sacks, mostly at Johnson’s expense.
“Sometimes I would set back and he wouldn’t come at all,” Johnson said. “Then sometimes he would take off after delaying a little bit. Live and learn. I didn’t play very well. Got to go out there and learn.”
Johnson wasn’t alone. The Eagles' line, expected to be a major strength, was wobbly all night. Center Jason Kelce lost a fumble when he thought Vick was under center instead of in the shotgun. He also snapped the ball over Vick’s head once and didn’t snap the ball when everyone else on the offense jumped, drawing a false-start penalty.