UPDATE: Maclin has returned to the game after passing the concussion test. We will keep you up to date if anything changes, but for now, Jackson and Maclin remain the top two targets for Vick. Brent Celek, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant would see increased targets if Maclin fails to remain in the game.
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who has dealt with several injuries all season, may have another to deal with after being upended by Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah.
Keep you posted, but Maclin did walk off the field on his own power. Reportedly, Maclin underwent a concussion test, and is currently on the sideline.
Jeremy Maclin played last week, and he played long enough to score a touchdown, giving him a score in two straight games. But then he didn’t play, and he sat, watched, and hurt.
It’s OK, because everybody hurts sometimes, Jeremy. This week, though, Maclin is hurting more, mostly because he’s suffering from being a Philadelphia Eagle, and having a bone-eating plague constantly hovering around his very essence at all times.
He also has a hip pointer, which is painful and bothersome enough that head coach Andy Reid has already ruled him out for the Eagles game Sunday in Arizona. It’s the same injury that Maclin suffered in Week 1, and it put his status in serious doubt throughout all of last week until he was finally cleared to play. Then he quickly re-aggravated it in the second quarter.
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Although the Internet is thoroughly enjoying the fun factory of jokes the entire Eagles offense has become early in the season due to their collective inability to not break stuff, DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jeremy Maclin (hip pointer and flexor strain) being active isn’t a surprise. Even though they were either limited participants in practice or non-participants all week and therefore slapped with the dreaded game-time decision tag, after Friday when head coach Andy Reid expressed high confidence in their playing status he erased most of the serious doubt that lingered heading into today.
We knew they were both playing, and apparently they both looked super while running around in shorts during warm ups. But Jackson and Maclin will be very limited, and therefore they present risks to themselves and their personal ability to produce, and they’ll surely also slow down Michael Vick.
So exactly how much of a risk are they? Here’s injury expert Jene Bramel‘s assessment prior to the announcement that both players will be active today.
Neither are likely close to 100%. Jackson strained a hamstring during practice Wednesday. Even if very low grade, that’s a tough injury to recover from in 72 hours. Consider him a game-time decision and at high risk for an in-game aggravation if he plays. Maclin is dealing with both a hip flexor strain and a hip pointer. The hip pointer will be more painful, but the flexor strain could be the more difficult injury to play through. Maclin has played through pain previously and should get some relief from a painkilling injection, but is likely to need plays off during the game if active.
At best then Jackson and Maclin are WR3′s, whereas depending on the matchup you can make a case for either being a WR2 most weeks and in most leagues. There’s cause for extreme caution here, and the need to dig elsewhere on your bench with the combination of the injuries to Jackson and Maclin, and their highly unfavorable matchup against the Ravens.
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