The Eagles have no shot of making the playoffs and running back LeSean McCoy has missed the last four games as a result of a concussion, but neither of those things are stopping him from being in the starting lineup against the Redskins this weekend.
Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that McCoy will start ahead of rookie Bryce Brown on Sunday.
“When you’re healthy, you play,” Reid said, via the Philadelphia Daily News.
Don’t tell that to quarterback Michael Vick. Vick is also recovered from a concussion, but it will be a long shot that he plays at all. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Trent Edwards will be the backup quarterback against the Redskins. Reid also said that Vick might not dress for the game, something that’s the case for most of the third-stringers around the league.
The difference between the two situations is pretty clear. McCoy and quarterback Nick Foles have a future with the Eagles while Vick’s time with the team is nearing its end. He hasn’t made a fuss about being dropped to backup and we don’t imagine we’ll hear one about being third on the depth chart since malcontents are rarely prized by teams looking to sign a quarterback who might not wind up as their starter.