According to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Maclin—one of the Eagles' star wide receivers—reportedly suffered a significant hip injury during the contest.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid confirmed that the 24-year-old wideout is dealing with a hip flexor strain and hip pointer, injuries that occurred during the game.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 16 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Eagles fans and Maclin fantasy owners, good news—Mr. Maclin will be playing on Sunday, according to ESPN's Sal Palantonio (via the ESPN NFL Twitter account):
Sal Palantonio -- "DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will play and will start" -- #CountdownToKickoff— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 16, 2012
If you were planning on using Maclin, go for it. While the Ravens are a tough matchup, Maclin should see plenty of targets. He's a solid WR2 or flex option this week.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 16 at 9:15 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
The Eagles weren't required to update the status of DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin, but the injured wide receivers were expected to be cleared to play Sunday barring unforeseen setbacks, team sources said Saturday.
Jackson (hamstring) and Maclin (hip) were listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. Both were partial participants in Friday's practice and were involved in Saturday's walk-through in preparation for the home opener against the Ravens.
Fantasy owners will obviously want to monitor his status closely throughout the morning, but as of now it appears he will be good to go against the Baltimore Ravens.
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UPDATE: Thursday, September 13 at 4:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Good news, Eagles fans and Maclin fantasy owners—it looks as though the wide receiver will be good to go for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Andy Reid on WRs DeSean (hamstring) and Maclin (hip): "I think we'll be OK there. They're both doing a lot better." Both should play Sunday.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) September 13, 2012
Playing the Ravens at full strength is a tough enough task. Having to face them without either Maclin or Jackson—or lord have mercy, both—would have nearly impossible. With two of the team's most dangerous weapons looking like they'll be available, expect an excellent game on Sunday.
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UPDATE: Thursday, September 13, 1:15 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
The Eagles have still not ruled out their starting wide receiver for Sunday, but his status has not gotten any better according to Yahoo:
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin both skip thursday practice for Eagles according to reports— Y! Fantasy Football (@YahooFootball) September 13, 2012
This is bad news for fantasy owners who were counting on a repeat of last week's performance where Maclin finished with 96 yards and a touchdown. It is even worse news for the Philadelphia Eagles, who will have a very difficult time beating the Baltimore Ravens without their top two receivers.
Even if either player is available to play, it is obvious they will not be 100 percent by game time.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12, 12:00 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
After suffering a hip flexor strain and a hip pointer in the Philadelphia Eagles victory over the Cleveland Browns, star wide receiver Jeremy Maclin’s status for Sunday’s game against the tough Baltimore Ravens is in serious question, but he hasn’t been ruled out.
Eagles’ reporter for Bleeding Green Nation, Eliot Shorr-Parks, is reporting on Twitter about Maclin’s status for Wednesday’s practice:
Maclin will not practice this afternoon #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) September 12, 2012
The Eagles Insider Twitter feed is reporting on Maclin’s progress and his status for Sunday’s game against the Ravens:
Reid: Maclin has made progress. He is not being ruled out at this point.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) September 12, 2012
Philadelphia barely got by a mediocre browns team in Week 1, so losing a star like Maclin when the team needs all-hands-on-deck to beat the Powerhouse Ravens will be too much to overcome.
If Maclin doesn’t play, the Eagles lose big.
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Maclin was able to gut it out and play until the final whistle, hauling in seven receptions for 96 yards and a TD, but is reportedly sore and may not be able to go in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Reid told the press that Maclin’s type of injury hurts more in the days after the initial aggravation and it may linger for quite some time.
Fantasy owners should monitor the WR’s status throughout the week and put a backup plan in place in the event that Maclin is unavailable come Sunday afternoon.
Eagles wideout Riley Cooper must be avoided, as Reid confirmed that the backup is going to remain inactive with a fractured collarbone.
Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson are the two other receivers aside from Cooper that are listed on the Eagles depth chart and could be viable options for Maclin owners.
However, because of the tough matchup against Baltimore’s defense in Week 2, owners should do some more exploration on the waiver wire and perhaps pick up a player like Kevin Ogletree of the Dallas Cowboys or Stephen Hill of the New York Jets.
Should Maclin be cleared to play at around 100 percent on Sunday, he’s still a must-start wide receiver.
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