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Eagles’ LeSean McCoy could set franchise mark against Seahawks

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA – Eagles running back LeSean McCoy doesn’t care exactly how he becomes the franchise leader for rushing yards, he just wants to do it in a win.

The Philadelphia star, in a down statistical year, needs 48 yards on Sunday against Seattle to pass Wilbert Montgomery as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. McCoy has 6,491 rushing yards in 86 games. If he sets a club high this week, it will be in 13 fewer games than Montgomery played.

McCoy has already moved past Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren (5,860) and Brian Westbrook (5,995) this season. Last year he passed current Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley (4,807).

“I never thought when I got drafted here that I would hold the rushing record. That’s big. That’s something I’m looking forward to doing,” McCoy said. “The No. 1 goal is still to win the game, but if there’s a way to do both that would be great.”

McCoy never met Van Buren, who died in 2012, but he played a year alongside Westbrook and is coached by Staley. He’s also friendly with Montgomery, who carried the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1980.

“Coming into the league one of my coaches (at Pitt) knew him. They were pretty tight. Then when I got drafted here I talked to him,” McCoy said of Montgomery. “I got to know him a little bit more when he was coaching with the Baltimore Ravens.”

Montgomery, now the running backs coach with the Cleveland Browns, sent a pre-congratulatory good luck message to McCoy this week.

“If I was in his position, I’d feel the same way,” McCoy said. “Records are made to be broken.”

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