PHILADELPHIA - Eagles running back LeSean McCoy enjoyed an impressive comeback Sunday.
McCoy returned to the lineup after missing four games with a concussion and netted 122 yards from scrimmage in a 27-20 loss to Washington at Lincoln Financial Field.
"It felt good to be out there again," McCoy said. "It was a little tough on me because I kind of got fatigued late in the game. To actually physically cut and stop, getting tackled, blocking, it kind of got to me a little bit. But overall I felt good."
McCoy was playing for the first time since suffering a concussion against the Redskins on Nov. 18. Given that the Eagles are 4-11 and out of the playoff picture, there was some talk that coach Andy Reid might simply rest him for the remainder of the season, but McCoy lobbied to play again.
He rushed for 45 yards on 13 carries Sunday (3.5 yards per carry) and caught a team-high nine passes for 77 yards.
McCoy finished the game with 3,821 career rushing yards, passing Ricky Watters for sixth place on the team's all-time list.
"He played well and I wouldn't expect anything less from him," Reid said of McCoy. "That's just how he's wired. He loves playing the game. He was into it. Even when I took him out of the game, he battled me to get back out there. He wanted to play, and that says something about the kid."
Quarterback Michael Vick was not in uniform against the Redskins.
Reid opted to include two quarterbacks - rookie starter Nick Foles and backup Trent Edwards - among the 46 players who dressed for the game.
Vick has been out of action since suffering a concussion against Dallas on Nov. 11. He was medically cleared to play again last Monday but was inserted as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart. Vick was a healthy scratch Sunday for the first time since his first season with the Eagles in 2009. Donovan McNabb was the starter that year and Kevin Kolb was the backup.
Picking and choosing
The Eagles finally got an interception.
Safety Colt Anderson grabbed a deflected pass from Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III in the fourth quarter. It was the Eagles' first interception since cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had one against Detroit's Matthew Stafford on Oct. 14. The Eagles went 37 quarters and more than nine games between picks.
"The coaches had a great call and the ball just fell right in my hands," Anderson said of his first career interception. "But it doesn't matter because we lost the game. That's the bottom line."
As expected, Anderson started at strong safety against the Redskins in place of slumping Nate Allen. Anderson started the previous two games at free safety ahead of Kurt Coleman.
Rookie Emil Igwenagu started at fullback. Stanley Havili missed the game with a strained hamstring. Rookie Chris Polk was slated to play fullback but reinjured his toe during practice. Tight end Evan Moore, who was signed on Thursday, was starter Brent Celek's backup.
Sunday marked the final home game for Eagles video director Mike Dougherty, who is retiring after 37 seasons with the organization.
Inside the numbers
Foles posted his second career 300-yard passing game, throwing for 345 yards. He has the franchise rookie records for most passing yards (1,699), attempts (265) and completions (161). ... Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin became the eighth player in NFL history with at least 55 receptions and 750 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons.
Out of action
Havili, Polk and Vick were joined on the inactive list by tackle Matt Kopa, wide receiver Greg Salas, defensive end Darryl Tapp and guard Danny Watkins. Tapp was deactivated just once this season. He did not accompany the team to New Orleans on Nov. 5 in order to be with wife Tiffany for the birth of their daughter.
Bumps and bruises
Foles suffered a contusion on his right (throwing) hand in the first half but did not miss any time. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sat out the fourth quarter with a concussion.
The Eagles finish the regular season, and possibly Reid's 14-year career with the team, next Sunday against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles beat the Giants 19-17 on Sept. 30.
The Giants lost at Baltimore 33-14 on Sunday to fall to 8-7. The defending Super Bowl champions will have to beat the Eagles and get some help if they are to make the playoffs.
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