|Shady's inactive for Week 17. (AP)|
LeSean McCoy and the Eagles talked all week long that they were amped up about Shady chasing a rushing title despite dealing with a high ankle sprain. And then the Eagles decided to make McCoy inactive Sunday against Washington.
In fact, even though McCoy said himself that he probably wouldn't play, Philly coach Andy Reid directly rebutted that in his press conference this week.
Despite the unnecessary gamesmanship, this is the smart move, though. McCoy is chasing Maurice Jones-Drew for the NFL rushing title, but he's 128 rushing yards behind Mojo.
The Colts allow 140.9 yards on the ground (29th in the NFL) and 4.2 yards per carry on the ground (16th), so it's not a stretch to think that MJD would pick up 100-plus yards.
Shady rolling for 228 on a bum ankle? That's the definition of a stretch.
And yeah, McCoy is within 123 yards of breaking Wilbert Montgomery's Eagles single-season record of 1,512 rushing yards. But he's got plenty of career remaining to break that record; the real shame would be him suffering an injury that could screw up his 2012 in a meaningless Week 17 game.
Of course, it's also probably worth wondering why McCoy spent all week practicing with the first team if he wasn't ever going to play.
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