If things weren't bad enough for the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) this season, quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy have been ruled out for the NFL's Week 12 installment of Monday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers (2-8).
In place of Vick, rookie quarterback Nick Foles made his first career NFL start last week against the Washington Redskins.
Another rookie will start in place of McCoy this week.
Bryce Brown has seen limited action so far this season—32 carries for 141 yards and one touchdown—but will be relied upon heavily to shoulder the load out of the backfield against the Panthers on Monday night.
Though the Eagles enter Week 12 ranked 11th in the NFL in rushing (121.6 yards per game), it seems there has been a lack of commitment to establish the run this season. Brown taking the reins won't change that sentiment.
However, it will be interesting to see how having two rookies in the two most important spots on the offense affects Philly's game plan.
The Panthers are allowing 118.4 yards per game and have yielded a total of seven rushing touchdowns; so there looks to be the prospects of some success out of the backfield. However, that will all depend on how the game unfolds.
If the Eagles can control the game, it will be done by mitigating the need for Foles to make plays with his arm. Since Brown stands to gain the most from McCoy's absence, there is a distinct possibility he has a decent game.
As unpredictable as this team is, however, fantasy owners shouldn't rely on a consistent output from Brown going forward—even if McCoy misses more than Monday night's game.
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