There were a lot of questions asked last week about whether LeSean McCoy was going to play today against the Redskins, given that the Eagles can't make the playoffs, and McCoy sprained an ankle Christmas Eve against the Cowboys.
McCoy was resolute that he owed it to his teammates to play. Eagles coach Andy Reid assured reporters, even as he was listing McCoy as "questionable" Friday, that McCoy probably would play.
So here we are on gameday and McCoy isn't playing. Happy New Year!
An Eagles spokesman said there hes been no change in the ankle injury, but McCoy took all the first team reps in practice Thursday and Friday, which seems pretty pointless if the intention all along was not to play him.
The only other surprise among the Eagles' deactivations is defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who has the flu, your Eagletarian is told. (It's amazing how much devastation there is from flu-like symptoms the morning after New Year's Eve. I suspect contaminated champagne.)
As expected, corner Asante Samuel (hamstring) is inactive, as are DT Cedric Thornton, G Julian Vandervelde, WR Ron Johnson, and LB Greg Lloyd.