Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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McCoy Goes Home Sick

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has a stomach flu and was sent home from the team's practice facility, coach Andy Reid said. McCoy did not take part in the morning walkthrough.

McCoy Goes Home Sick

LeSean McCoy did not practice Thursday because of the stomach flu. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
LeSean McCoy did not practice Thursday because of the stomach flu. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has a stomach flu and was sent home from the team's practice facility, coach Andy Reid said. McCoy did not take part in the morning walkthrough.

In response to a question about McCoy being among a number of players who attended a Jay Z-Kanye West concert Wednesday night, Reid said McCoy was feeling ill before that.

He said he did not think the illness would keep McCoy from playing Monday.

Dion Lewis and Ronnie Brown will split the reps 50-50 in practice because of McCoy's absence.

In other injury news, Brent Celek has a hip contusion, but went through the walkthrough. He might or might not practice. Akeem Jordan has not passed the concussion testing and will not practice. Celek said in the locker room that he didn't want to discuss his injury. "I'll be OK," he said. Celek did not seem to be donning his pads.

* There has been no decision on whether to activate Brandon Graham this week, Reid said. His status remains as it was last week. With the Monday night game, the Eagles have until 4 p.m. Sunday to make a decision. Graham said he is just "happy to practice." He said he feels he is in good shape, and is learning defensive line coach Jim Washburn's techniques.

* Reid said DeSean Jackson is doing a good job of making adjustments when the safeties play deep. Reid pointed to the number of tough catches in traffic that Jackson has made over the last few weeks.

* He said the Eagles' run defense is "getting better as we go." The Eagles get a tough challenge with Matt Forte, who is having a "phenomenal year," Reid said. Forte is in the same situation as Jackson, making about $600,000 in the final season of his rookie contract, unhappy that he hasn't gotten a lucrative extension. "I feel like, especially after watching film on the guy, that this guys is playing with a chip on his shoulder," Eagles linebacker Moise Fokou said. ""He's playing like he has something to prove. I think it's his contract. You would think they would have done something about it already."

* On Bears return man Devin Hester, Reid said he is among the best ever and the opposition is always *aware that he is out there.

* Reid said Michael Vick has done well against the blitz all season and is something that he is focused on.

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