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Eagles Notes: Eagles' Parker shows off running skills

Here's a strange statistic: defensive end Juqua Parker has run the ball into the end zone one more time this season than Michael Vick.

Juqua Parker scores on a 47-yard fumble return. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Juqua Parker scores on a 47-yard fumble return. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)Read more

Here's a strange statistic: defensive end Juqua Parker has run the ball into the end zone one more time this season than Michael Vick.

Parker opened the scoring Sunday night against the Jets with a 47-yard fumble return, his second touchdown of the year and third of his career. He had a 56-yard fumble return Week 1 at St. Louis and an interception return for a touchdown in 2008.

Parker's score Sunday came after Kurt Coleman knocked the ball loose from Santonio Holmes.

"I saw him have it in his right hand, and I just went for the shot because I knew I had a [teammate coming]," Coleman said. "Coach [Andy] Reid's been stressing to me [to] just let it go."

Parker said he "just happened to see the ball laying down and picked it up."

Vick later scored his first rushing touchdown of the season with an 11-yard scramble, putting him one behind Parker on the ground for the year. But the defensive end isn't getting cocky.

"He threw more touchdowns than I threw," Parker said.

The only other Eagle to run back two fumbles for touchdowns in a season was linebacker Seth Joyner in 1991. Parker's three career touchdowns rank him second in team history for defensive linemen behind Clyde Simmons' four.

Groundbreaking McCoy

Running back LeSean McCoy set the Eagles record for most touchdowns and most rushing touchdowns in a season. McCoy had a 9-yard rushing score in the second quarter to tie the record and broke it midway through the third quarter on a 1-yard run. A 33-yard run early in the fourth quarter padded the mark.

McCoy has 20 touchdowns on the season, 17 on the ground. In 1945, Steve Van Buren scored 18 touchdowns, 15 on the ground. McCoy's 20 scores also tie him for the 20th best single-season total in NFL history, according to STATS, Inc.

After the record-breaking score, McCoy gave an enthusiastic round of high fives to his offensive line while the audio operators at Lincoln Financial Field blasted "The Real Slim Shady" by Eminem.

McCoy's three rushing touchdowns tied a career high for one game.

Injury report

Cornerback Asante Samuel suffered a "slight" hamstring strain in the second quarter, according to Reid. Samuel left the game and did not return, but he said he felt OK after the game. He will have an MRI Monday.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson bruised his elbow making a tackle after McCoy's fumble and left the game briefly but returned in the second half.

Reid pulled Vick with the team holding a big lead in the fourth quarter. The quarterback took some hits and said the constant contact continues to bother him.

"It's just constantly hitting the ground, hitting the ground, but that's part of football," Vick said. "My teammates are always telling me to get down and get out of bounds, and I try. But it's hard."

Extra points

Jamar Chaney had his third interception of the year, the most by an Eagles linebacker since William Thomas had three in 1996. . . . Defensive end Phillip Hunt had a sack for the second consecutive game. . . . Defensive end Brandon Graham was active and played after hinting earlier in the week that he might be shut down for the year. . . . Kicker Alex Henery has made 12 consecutive field-goal attempts and is tied for the seventh-longest streak in team history. . . . The Eagles earned their 300th home victory in franchise history. . . . Jackson's 3,909 career receiving yards are the most by an Eagle in his first four seasons. . . . The Eagles offense features four players with 600-plus receiving yards, joining the 2006 and 1990 teams.