LeSean McCoy Ruled Out vs. Carolina Panthers with Concussion

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

November 18, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) gets carted off the field in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The tumultuous 2012 season for the Philadelphia Eagles just keeps getting worse, as running back LeSean McCoy will sit out Monday's game against the Carolina Panthers due to a concussion, according to the Eagles Insider Twitter page:

Andy Reid rules out Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk and Jason Avant for Monday night.

— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) November 24, 2012

McCoy's absence will leave the Eagles without their starting running back and quarterback, with Michael Vick ruled out against the Panthers.

While it undoubtedly comes as a disappointment to fans and fantasy owners, McCoy's absence was mostly expected. The fourth-year running back took a frightening helmet-to-helmet hit in last week's loss to the Washington Redskins that forced him to be carted off the field. 

The move may have been expected, but it certainly won't help the Eagles' chances of righting the ship. Philadelphia comes into Monday's matchup at just 3-7, having lost six straight games—a first in Andy Reid's storied tenure with the club.

Despite his team's struggles, McCoy has been one of the few bright spots in 2012. The former Pittsburgh Panthers star has gained 750 yards on the ground, added another 235 receiving and scored five total touchdowns on the season. 

Though he's averaging just 4.2 yards per carry, McCoy has done so behind an offensive line that has been a big deficiency for the Eagles. 

In McCoy's stead, rookie Bryce Brown stands to get a bulk of the work on Monday and could be in for a solid game. The Panthers come into Week 12 giving up 118.4 rushing yards per game, which ranks 19th in the NFL

Nevertheless, having McCoy out on Monday is nothing short of a crushing blow in a season full of them in Philadelphia.