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Eagles injury update: Sick McCoy will return Friday

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:48 PM

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Eagles injury update: Sick McCoy will return Friday

November 8, 2012, 4:20 pm

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LeSean McCoy missed the past two practices with the flu and respiratory symptoms but the Pro Bowl halfback should be fine for Sunday’s showdown against the Cowboys.

“He’ll be back [Friday],” Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Thursday, adding that McCoy came to the NovaCare Complex but was withheld from practice.

Also out of practice were right guard Danny Watkins, who has missed two straight games with an ankle injury, and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, who continues to battle a hamstring injury.

Rookie running back Chris Polk, who hobbled through the locker room before practice on crutches and with his left foot in a boot, has a foot sprain that Reid said is similar to turf toe. He and Gilyard are out against Dallas.

Watkins can move straight ahead with no problems, Reid said, but still has some issues with lateral movement. He hasn’t been ruled out for the game.

“He’s getting close,” Reid said. “I’m going to just see how it goes for the next couple of days.”

As for Todd Herremans, the Eagles are still leaning toward no surgery for their injured right tackle. Herremans went on Injured Reserve on Thursday with a severe foot injury that involved a dislocated bone, other fractures and some ligament and tendon damage.

Head trainer Rick Burkholder said information gathered from other specialists and second opinion has the team feeling confident that Herremans’ injury can heal on its own. Herremans will be reexamined in 10 days after the splint is removed and then evaluated again in four weeks to see if the foot is progressing they way they expect it should.

If the foot is healing properly after four weeks, surgery won’t be needed. If not, Herremans will go under the knife and his recovery timetable will be pushed back by a month.

Free safety Nate Allen practiced for the second straight day after missing the New Orleans game with a hamstring injury and reserve safety David Sims was back at practice after sitting Wednesday out with a foot injury.

McCoy has been a nuisance to Dallas in his career, averaging 5.8 yards against them in five career games. His two best career rushing games have come against the Cowboys.

He rushed for a career-high 186 yards and scored two touchdowns last season in a 34-7 blowout of the Cowboys on Oct. 30. On Dec 12., 2010, McCoy piled up 149 rushing yards on 16 carries -- an average of more than nine yards per carry -- to lead a 30-27 road victory in Arlington, Texas.

E-mail Geoff Mosher at gmosher@comcastsportsnet.com