The Cincinnati Bengals' biggest competition for the AFC North crown this year may very well be the Pittsburgh Steelers. That certainly won't be the case though if they keep getting carved up through the air like they did Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
By the 12:32 mark in the 2nd quarter, the Eagles were leading 14-0, mainly because Nick Foles is 11/17 passing for 122 yards and a score. The man he threw that touchdown to was All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, who exited the game after that score.
McCoy originally called for the trainer after his first touch on the opening series. He came back out for the next drive, which was capped off by his own 22-yard score on a beautifully executed screen play.
McCoy left the club's sideline to get X-rays on his right thumb, the Eagles official Twitter feed said.
LeSean McCoy getting X-rays on right thumb ... Return is unknown— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) August 22, 2014
With McCoy on the sidelines with the injury, Darren Sproles got the chance to score on the next Eagles drive. He took a handoff at the goal line and scored a 1-yard touchdown.
Things got worse for Philly when wide receiver Jeremy Maclin went down with a knee injury in the middle of the 2nd quarter. It came as Maclin fell down in pain and clutching his knee running a route. It was a non-contact injury on the same knee MAclin tore in training camp of last year.
Maclin did eventually get up and walk off the field under his own power, and then later came back onto the field and caught a pass from Foles. It was a bit odd that he was writhing in pain one minute, then back on the field several minutes later.
Jeremy Maclin returned to the field after this scary moment with his knee: http://t.co/TwxB6OeoUc pic.twitter.com/w6BE7h2CHH— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 22, 2014
Regardless, it's great to see Maclin is fine.