We live in dark days. End times, even.

I, for one, am willing to embrace our new pigeon overlords, for the death from above that they’re bringing with glee at Broncos games is a sign that one day the vengeful shoe they wear will be removed and placed on our foot, and while those posh pigeons are watching their pigeon football, we’ll be up in the rafters crapping on them.

This is the future we must welcome: crapping on pigeons. It’s unfortunate, yet somehow agreeable because what’s lower than that is Griffining, or Tebowing, or Bradying, or Jaguaring. I would rather defecate from a rooftop than be caught doing any of those viral stances which signifying a far more horrific apocalypse.

However, while that scenario is both disgusting (definitely), and impossible (maybe?), here’s another definite sign of the end of days which was forecasted by the Mayans. When the Eagles wide receivers no longer exist, our impending doom is near.

Jeremy Maclin missed his second straight practice today because of a hip pointer. While that sucks and has the potential to crank the suck knob right off if Maclin can’t be even a limited participant in practice tomorrow, it gets worse. Today DeSean Jackson joined Maclin in the training room after suffering an apparent hamstring injury yesterday during practice, which was serious enough that he was holding a bag of ice on it, as Jeff McLane from the Philadelphia Inquirer observed.

The primary and most damaging impact of these injuries is clearly the potential loss of two receivers who are both quality WR2′s. It’s difficult to get a proper gauge, but right now it appears that Maclin’s injury is the more serious of the two, although he may only have a slight edge in that contest. The Eagles signed Mardy Gilyard on Tuesday, which shows their level of concern even though Andy Reid expressed mild confidence after practice regarding Maclin and Jackson, saying they were both doing a lot better despite their lack of participation. Friday’s practice will then be key, says obvious guy. Maclin had seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 1 win over Cleveland, while Jackson finished with four for 77 yards.

So what are your options here for a safety net if you own either of them, with Maclin looking like he could be headed for game-time decision purgatory? Anyone else who doesn’t play for the Eagles. Anyone else at all.

Normally, picking up Riley Cooper would be a reasonable option for deep leaguers, but we’re not living in normal times in the land of the Eagle. Cooper is out too with a broken collarbone, meaning if one or both of Jackson/Maclin can’t go, Gilyard, Jason Avant, and Damaris Johnson would be the only completely healthy receivers on Philly’s roster, the latter of which is an undrafted rookie who has one career reception for 10 yards.

At this point in the week you’ve probably already been beaten to the trendy wideout pickups on the waiver wire and in the general free agent pool, a list led by Stephen Hill and Alshon Jeffery. But Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell is still available in 78.6 percent of ESPN leagues and 72 percent of Yahoo leagues. He had three receptions for 68 yards (21.7 yards per reception) and a touchdown in Week 1, and he could be set for a significantly increased role in a great matchup against New Orleans with Steve Smith still favoring his knee after being pulled from practice for the second straight day today.

It won’t be just Maclin or Jackson owners who suffer if either sits out. With the Eagles’ passing game a lesser worry, LeSean McCoy — who already had a poor matchup on the ground against the Ravens — could face more eight-man fronts, while the already struggling Michael Vick could either lose a reliable target or two, or at best he’ll be throwing to receivers who are playing at far less than full health.

Injuries and wide receivers. Best friends in Week 2.

Look out, here comes more hurt…

  • Ryan Mathews practiced in full pads today, the first time he’s done so since breaking his collarbone during the Chargers’ first preseason game in early August. He was absent yesterday and participated in only a limited capacity last week. The original diagnosis called for a four-to-six week absence, making missing three games the worst case scenario, and Mathews is now calling himself day-to-day. Full pads on a Thursday is a strong indication that he hasn’t experienced a setback, and he’s building towards a Week 2 return. Stay tuned, and monitor this situation closely. [Chargers.com]
  • UPDATE: Mathews may have had pads on, but he was still a limited participant. What’s most encouraging, though, is that he’s been cleared for contact. [Michael Gehlken]
  • One more Chargers item, as Antonio Gates has a sore rib and wasn’t able to practice today. [Michael Gehlken]
  • Turns out there’s rest for the wicked after all. Calvin Johnson’s foot is fine, and he really was just resting yesterday. [Lions.com]
  • When the coach is making up new injury statuses to describe the state of a players’ injury, that’s bad. Pierre Garcon was “very limited” today, and his availability depends on his pain tolerance as he recovers from a foot injury that’s similar to turf toe. [Rich Campbell on Twitter]
  • Denarius Moore “looks like a lock” to start his first game of the season. [Contra Costa Times]
  • Jonathan Stewart returned to practice today after missing the Panthers’ season opener with an ankle injury. Head coach Ron Rivera said he was a little apprehensive at first, but Stewart still took his full and normal reps. [Panthers.com]
  • Despite being cleared for contact, Austin Collie still didn’t practice today. Keyboards don’t have confusion fonts. One day, one day. [Adam Caplan on Twitter]

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