A little over a year ago, the Eagles became one of the unfortunate NFL teams that takes a massive blow by losing one of their key players in training camp to a season-ending injury, when Jeremy Maclin went down with a torn ACL. It wasn’t the first time Maclin was injured, he tore his ACL in college, he tended to have issues making it through a full game without at least getting a stinger, and Maclin even had a small knee scare in OTAs this year. When he’s on the field, he’s one of the better offensive weapons in the NFC, but keeping him on the field is continuing to prove to be a challenge. Today was just another example of that.
Midway through Monday’s practice Maclin, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL suffered early in training camp, made a catch during one-on-one drills and landed awkwardly before hobbling to the sideline.
The 26-year-old Missouri product spent time with the trainers before taking his spot with the kick and punt returners during the following period which focused on special teams, but wound up not taking a practice rep.
In the very next period, seven-on-seven, Maclin hauled in the first reception of the drill before appearing to pull himself out and then spent several minutes kneeling on the ground next to a member of the team’s training staff.
Maclin did later tell reporters that he expects to be back tomorrow, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he joins Riley Cooper on the sideline tomorrow as a precautionary measure.
It is worth noting that Maclin turned down a five-year extension this past off-season, and elected to take a one-year deal from the Eagles. On the surface, that move will pay off for Maclin, who should have a career year in Chip Kelly’s offense. Unless he sustains another significant injury in 2014.
Even if he has a very good season this year, it’s hard to imagine that any team would give him a ton of guaranteed money, given his consistent injury scares.