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LeSean McCoy on Pitt missing out on Terrelle Pryor: We couldn’t afford him

Terrelle PryorPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had the line of the day on Wednesday when he joked that his college, the University of Pittsburgh, couldn’t get local recruit Terrelle Pryor out of high school because they couldn’t afford him.

The Eagles are visiting Pryor’s Oakland Raiders on Sunday, which led to McCoy talking about Pryor.

“Yeah, I know him. I tried to recruit him to Pitt. We couldn’t afford him,” McCoy joked, per Matt Lombardo of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly.

Fantastic line.

Pryor was regarded as the top recruit in the country coming out of Jeannette High School, just southeast of Pittsburgh. He initially committed to Pitt and planned to play basketball, but by his senior year he was most interested in playing football at Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Oregon or West Virginia. He eventually chose to play for the Buckeyes and started as a true freshman.

McCoy was a star running back at Pitt from 2007-2008, so the Panthers actually probably had some appeal to Pryor, but maybe just not deep enough pockets. Or maybe their tattoo parlors need some improvement. I kid, I kid.

H/T Ian Rapoport

LeSean McCoy stands by criticism of Knowshon Moreno

LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy must have some sort of personal issue with Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. On Sunday, McCoy took the opportunity to use a tweet from ESPN’s Skip Bayless to point out that he believes Moreno “sucks.” To most, the tweet seemed completely uncalled for. Moreno seemed to agree, and he fired back at Shady after the Denver Broncos’ victory.

McCoy’s tweet was the type we have grown accustomed to seeing players backpedal after sending. Instead, McCoy poked fun at himself on Wednesday when he began his press conference by praising Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin with a smile on his face.

“I just want to say I think Doug Martin is a heck of a running back,” he told reporters, via Shutdown Corner. “He’s one of the better backs in the NFL, for sure.”

Since McCoy was kind enough to bring up the topic, a reporter asked him what he thinks of Moreno.

“I don’t want to talk about the past,” McCoy said. “It is what it is. What I said is what I meant.”

He was then asked if he regrets sending the tweet.

“No,” he said convincingly. “I don’t regret it.”

Even if McCoy does believe Moreno sucks, you would think he’d apologize or say he should not have sent the tweet. It’s not like the Eagles were even paying the Broncos, so the criticism was totally random. That’s why I’m inclined to think there’s a specific reason he doesn’t care for Moreno. Then again, McCoy has been known to use his Twitter account for very stupid things.

LeSean McCoy thinks Knowshon Moreno sucks

LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy apparently thinks very little of Knowshon Moreno’s abilities as a running back.

During the Denver Broncos’ game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, McCoy responded to a tweet from ESPN resident idiot Skip Bayless praising Knowshon by saying the Broncos running back sucks.

Well, LeSean, your first mistake is following Skip Bayless on Twitter. Your second mistake is opening your big mouth to bash another player who doesn’t suck. Your third and biggest mistake was reactivating that Twitter account. You should have kept it deactivated following that nasty spat with your baby mama.

UPDATE: Moreno responded after the game. Here’s his tweet:

LeSean McCoy grabs knee in pain, jogs off field

LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy went down in pain during the second quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles-Kansas City Chiefs game on Thursday night, but he was able to jog off the field despite his possible knee injury.

McCoy took an inside handoff from Michael Vick on second and 10 from Eagles territory. He ran 18 yards for a first down before being tackled. He immediately grabbed his knee in pain. McCoy appeared to be hurting badly and unbuckled his helmet as he was on the ground.

NFL Network went to a commercial while McCoy was receiving attention, but when they returned from the break, McCoy was seen jogging off the field. He then walked into the locker room on his own.

The Eagles have termed it a “right leg” issue for now. Any time you see a player look like they’re in as much pain as he was, you have to be highly concerned.

UPDATE: McCoy did not start the second half, but he returned to action on their opening drive of the third quarter. He broke a long run a possession later and seemed to be fine.

LeSean McCoy on Riley Cooper: ‘I can’t respect a guy like that’

LeSean McCoyMichael Vick may have been willing to forgive Riley Cooper and still consider him a friend, but the same is not true for all of the players in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room. As expected, Cooper’s racist outburst that was caught on camera has negatively impacted his relationship with some of his teammates, including LeSean McCoy.

On Thursday, McCoy told reporters that the thing that hurts the most about Cooper’s comments is “losing a friend.” When NFL Network’s Albert Breer asked him to elaborate, he gave the following response.

[Video: Riley Cooper uses racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert]

“I can’t respect a guy like that,” McCoy said.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, McCoy also added that he forgave Cooper but that his relationship with the receiver is “different” now. He said the same will be true of some of their teammates.

[Related: Marcus Vick rips Riley Cooper, puts out bounty on him]

Shortly after the video of Cooper’s comment went viral, a separate report indicated that some of the Eagles players want the 25-year-old off the team. As someone who has needed forgiveness for things he has done wrong in the past, it’s not surprising that Vick would come forward and support Cooper. However, McCoy’s comments serve as a reminder that it won’t be that simple for others. Some players will be willing to remain teammates with Cooper but may never consider him a friend again.

LeSean McCoy ranks Tony Romo and Matt Ryan over Joe Flacco

LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy may play for the Philadelphia Eagles and dislike the Dallas Cowboys, but that does not mean he’s not a fan of some of their players.

The Eagles running back provided some analysis of NFL Network’s annual Top 100 players, and that’s when he expressed his support for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

NFL Network has revealed players 41-100 on the list so far. McCoy is ranked No. 45. Six quarterbacks are ranked between 41-100 on the list. Romo, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco have not yet appeared. Flacco and Ryan are likely in the top 40, but Romo might not have made the list at all.

According to The Dallas Morning News, McCoy would have Romo ranked higher than other quarterbacks.

“I like Romo, actually. I’m a fan of certain players,” McCoy said in his analysis, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I might not like the team, but I’m a fan of certain players. I actually think Romo and Matt make it (over Flacco). But obviously Flacco has to be in there because of the Super Bowl. I would take Matt, and I would take Romo.”

McCoy believes that having the backing of such a stellar Baltimore Ravens defense has helped Flacco significantly.

“As a quarterback, if you don’t feel that pressure of not having a great defense, where if you don’t go out and produce on this drive, the other team may score. Knowing you have that great defense behind you, it’s less pressure so you have to put that into effect,” he said, per the Morning News.

Flacco was certainly paid like a top quarterback in the league, and he played during the postseason like one of the best in the league. But McCoy is still not completely sold on him.

The six quarterbacks ranked in the top 41-100 are: Eli Manning at 43; Cam Newton at 46; Russell Wilson at 51; Ben Roethlisberger at 61; Matthew Stafford at 76; and Colin Kaepernick at 81. In order to evaluate their rankings, I would have to know what the rankings stood for. Are we ranking a player’s performance last season, how good we think they’ll be next season, or how good of a career they have had? Until all that is established, it’s awfully difficult to evaluate the list.

LeSean McCoy sued for alleged party bus assault

LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy is being sued by a woman who alleges that she joined the Philadelphia Eagles running back on a party bus before being thrown off the ride and humiliated.

TMZ reports that the woman, who is listed as “Mary Roe” in the lawsuit, says she and 14 other women were invited to join McCoy on a party bus from Philly to New York last December. She alleges in her lawsuit that McCoy, his bodyguard, and a few other guys began spraying some of the women with water. She says they specifically went after her after she objected while the bus was on its way back to Philly.

The woman alleges she was hit in the face and fell to the ground where she continued to be sprayed. She claims she was physically restrained and had a drink poured all over her while she was on the ground. The woman says in the suit that she was kicked off the bus but was picked back up after some of the other women complained. The woman says she was eventually ditched again and left at a rest stop along the side of the Jersey Turnpike.

The woman is suing McCoy for more than “$50,000 in damages for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence,” according to TMZ. She says “she suffered head trauma, a disc protrusion on her spine, bad sprains, contusions and bruises all over her body, and severe shock.”

Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that McCoy does not dispute kicking the woman off the bus, but says that the rest of the allegations are false. McCoy’s attorney told TMZ that the allegations are false and that the woman is trying to extort McCoy.

A New Jersey police sergeant tells TMZ that officers did meet with a woman near a rest stop on Dec. 19 and that she mentioned being in an altercation with a male, though she did not name McCoy at first. Officers reportedly did not observe any visible marks or injuries on her body when they examined her.

We know that McCoy has treated women terribly in the past, but the laundry list of complaints seem excessive, and the word from the police seems to weaken the woman’s claims.