McCoy sits out practice; Nate Allen returns

LeSean McCoy has a shoulder sprain and will sit out Wednesday's practice, Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

The running back injured his shoulder in the Eagles' 59-28 win over the Redskins on Monday night and was pulled early as a precaution. Reid said that he expected McCoy to be healthy enough to play Sunday night against the New York Giants.

McCoy played with broken ribs for several weeks earlier this season, so if he can play through the pain he will. If he can't there isn't as much concern about who will replace him after Jerome Harrison's performance against Washington. The running back, who the Eagles acquired last month in a trade with Cleveland, ran 11 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Defensive end Juqua Parker (hip flexor strain) will also miss practice, but should be ready to go by Sunday, Reid said.

The Eagles did get safety Nate Allen back in uniform. The rookie was out against the Redskins with a neck strain but returned to practice Wednesday. With Allen back, his replacement, Kurt Coleman, will return to his reserve role.

Ellis Hobbs, meanwhile, is slowly coming back from his hip flexor strain, Reid said. Even though Hobbs is on the mend, Dimitri Patterson will still start at right cornerback, Reid said.

Reid was non-committal about who his starting right guard was. He said that both Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles would split repetitions there this week. He didn't even rule out the possibility of the two sharing duties on Sunday.

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