Eagles Notes: LeSean McCoy to Return, Sign Tight End
Eagles tight end Clay Harbor said he broke three small bones in his lower back during last Thursday's loss to the Bengals and will miss the rest of the season.
“He had small fractures in the transverse processes in his back, [his] lower back,' Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "He doesn’t need surgery to fix that. It just takes time to heal. He’ll be fine.”
Today the Eagles filled Harbor's spot on the roster with tight end Evan Moore. The 27-year-old Moore (6-6, 250) has played in 47 games (nine starts) in his four-year career with the Cleveland Browns (2009-11) and Seattle Seahawks (2012), recording 63 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns. Moore set career highs in catches (34), yards (324) and touchdowns (4) with the Browns in 2011. He played in 14 games for the Seahawks this season before being released on December 19.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who seems like he has been banged up all season, was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice with a back issue.
Offensive guard Evan Mathis returned to practice after missing some time with an ankle issue, safety Kurt Coleman will return and start and tight end Brent Celek is back at the top of the depth chart after missing a week due to a concussion.
“I feel fine," Celek said. "I’ve felt fine for a lot of days now. I didn’t have too many symptoms so I was good.”
Running back LeSean McCoy, who missed the past four weeks with a concussion will start this week, Bryce Brown will continue to see time as the no. two running back.
“I have never really missed games, so it was different," explained McCoy about missing time. "Plus, just getting my wind back and just running the plays. I felt a little rusty today, but I’ll be back to normal.”
Reid also said running back Stanley Havili was pretty sore and that it would be a stretch for him to make it to the game on Sunday. Chris Polk and Emil Igwenagu will fill-in as the fullback if Havili can't play. Reid said that Polk has been working there all year in practice.