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Jeremy Maclin Tears ACL, Likely Out for the Season

Jul 27, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT


What a terrible break for the Eagles and Jeremy Maclin. The fifth-year wide receiver had just slipped past the secondary and hauled in a picture-perfect deep pass at practice on Saturday, then the next thing you know he was laying on the grass in a heap.

The news, predictably, was not good. Maclin reportedly has suffered a torn ACL, an injury that apparently happened at the line of scrimmage during a 7-on-7 drill. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Maclin writhed on the turf in obvious pain as trainers tended to him. He would not put any weight on the injured leg once he got to feet, and was immediately loaded on to a cart and taken off the field.

It’s a huge setback for Maclin personally. The 2009 first-round pick was entering a contract year, and it was unclear what the Eagles were going to do with him. He averaged 65 receptions, 863 yards, and seven touchdowns per season over his first four years in the NFL – not too shabby, but not necessarily indicative of a 19th overall draft choice and a big money extension.

This is not the first time Maclin has faced adversity due to health issues. After posting career highs in 2010 (70 Red, 964 Yds, 10 TD), the 25 year old battled a mysterious illness during the offseason that caused him to miss some practice time and come into training camp underweight.

Obviously it’s unfortunate for the Eagles as well, as they must look for somebody else to fill the void opposite DeSean Jackson. The primary in-house candidates consist of Arrelious Benn, who already has a minor knee injury himself; Riley Cooper, who set a personal best with 23 catches last season; and Ifeanyi Momah, an undrafted rookie who missed 2012 recovering from an ACL.

Damaris Johnson (size) and Jason Avant (athleticism) are probably better suited as slot receivers.

Again, just awful news on only the second full day of training camp, before the team even put the pads on and started hitting no less. Sure, it’s not like this year is Super Bowl or bust for the Birds, but who knows if he was headed for a breakout season in Chip Kelly’s offense, and you never ever want to see guys go down like that either way.

  1. Mostel - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Sad, but:

    - We can upgrade the #2 WR spot with Brandon Lloyd for less money immediately.

    - DeSean was the #1 anyway

    - I fell bad for Maclin, but now he’ll be better signed for 2014 and beyond at a more decent cap hit considering that he’s really a #2.

    • 33 - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      If it is Lloyd rather than Laurent Robinson, my expectations aren’t high. The Patriots passed on him despite losing Hernandez, and he just turned 32.

    • willh888 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      I’m going to be not so bold and say DeSean isn’t a number 1 receiver. When your go-to guy is itty-biddy and alligator-armed, you’re severely lacking at that top position. Deep threat for sure.. play maker in the open field for sure, but you send that guy on quick slant towards two hungry linebackers..? It’s a 3 and out or a memorial service

      • Mostel - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        Bold doesn’t equal intelligent on that comment. Jackson is as good of a deep threat as any player in football and faces a constant level of double teams reserved for only the NFL’s most feared weapons. There is no way he’s as productive as the best players in the games, but he’s always dealing with a safety covering him over the top. Watch any game film of the Eagles and you’ll see the endless double teams on Jackson.

      • willh888 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        Every number 1 receiver gets doubled, yet the good ones still produce.. therefore, Jackson is not a number 1 receiver. I think we’re on the same page. Great deep threat, great in the open field, and not very productive between the hash marks where other football players live. You’re acting like I think he’s terrible.

        Disclaimer: I think DeSean Jackson is good, but his play making ability is better suited in a role where he’s not the primary target.

  2. erzug - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Does anybody have reservations about Jackson being the #1 punt returner now that Maclin’s season is over?

    • Matt S. - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      A little but he’s done it before without coming close to injury and Damaris Johnson might be the only other player we have who can be an effective returner.

      • erzug - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        I’m betting the Eagles reevaluate their decision to utilize Jackson as their #1 – limited duty here and there maybe – with with Johnson returning as the primary guy.

  3. Matt S. - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Terrible news I really thought the change of offense was really going to benefit him. No doubt other receivers are gonna have to step up but I think the TE’s are gonna play a major role in replacing his production as well. I could see this paving the way to more multiple TE formations.

  4. clubberlangphila - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Bring back T.O.


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