Sitting at 7-6 in a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the final wild card spot with just three games remaining, the Cincinnati Bengals need to win out if they want to make a repeat trip to the postseason for the first time since 1981-82. Their game Thursday in Philadelphia is now a must-win after last week’s debacle vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eagles All-Pro RB LeSean McCoy will not play in Thursday’s game against the Bengals as he is suffering from recurring concussion symptoms. McCoy has missed three games while Bryce Brown has steeped in nicely for him, but game-planning fro two game-breaking RBs is much harder than preparing for just one. Brown is also coming off of a 12-carry, six-yard performance against a Tampa Bay Buccaneer average defense. He previously had back-to-back 100+ yard perfromances vs. the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys.
LeSean finished the 2011 season as the league’s fourth leading rusher, after sitting out the last game, and was also voted Associated Press All-Pro First Team running back. He currently has 177 carries for 750 yards and two touchdowns this season.