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Reid on McCoy decision: "I don't regret it"

Andy Reid defended his decision to hand-off to LeSean McCoy with less than two minutes left and the Eagles' trailing the Redskins, 31-6, on Sunday.

Reid on McCoy decision: "I don't regret it"

LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion late in the Eagles´ 31-6 loss the Redskins. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion late in the Eagles' 31-6 loss the Redskins. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid defended his decision to hand-off to LeSean McCoy with less than two minutes left and the Eagles' trailing the Redskins, 31-6, on Sunday.

McCoy suffered a concussion on the play and left the field on a cart. The Eagles running back was later seen needing assistance from a team trainer as he walked into the locker room at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Reid said Monday that McCoy still had a headache and was in Stage 1 of his recovery from the concussion.

"I don't regret it. It happened," Reid said. "Do I wish he wouldn't have been hurt? Yeah, I do. I wish he wouldn't have been hurt."

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Reid said after the game that his motivation in playing McCoy, the Eagles all pro tailback, was to try and win the game. A day later, he said that he has to balance resting his stars against a player wanting to remain in games until their end.

"These kids want to play," Reid said. "There's two sides to this. ... You'll probably come back and ask me that, 'Do the players -- do you feel like they quit?' They want to play. They want to win the game. They want to get better. They want to show that they're all-in.

"So there's a fine line ... as coaches you want to make sure that the guys know that you're all-in, too."

Reid was then asked if it was his job as head coach to take into consideration what may be best for a player.

"It's my job to weigh that out. If you want to put that on me, I fully take that," Reids said. "I also have a pretty good feeling, I think, for my football team."

McCoy was resting at his family's home in Harrisburg, Pa. as of Sunday evening. He was alert, but "foggy and tired," according to a source close to the running back. Reid did not give any indication if McCoy would be permitted to play in Monday night's game against the Panthers.

"Just take it day by day," Reid said. "He's got a bit of a headache now."

If McCoy can't play, rookie Bryce Brown would start in his place.

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