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DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin Reportedly Will Play vs. Ravens in Week 2

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 09:  Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs by defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns  their season opener at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2012

With the Philadelphia Eagles scuffling in Week 1, their game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens could get ugly. However, there is some good news, as the Eagles are expected to have both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin in the lineup. 

UPDATE: Sunday, September 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

According to Sal Palantonio of ESPN, who spoke on NFL Countdown, Jackson and Maclin are good to go for Sunday's game. 

Sal Palantonio -- "DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will play and will start" -- #CountdownToKickoff

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 16, 2012

The fact that they are starting is just icing on the cake. The Eagles can't afford to fall behind early in this game after what happened against the Browns. They need a fast start, and the easiest way to do that is by having their two best outside playmakers on the field. 

---END OF UPDATE---

 

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jackson and Maclin have made it through practice and walk-through late this week with little problem and should be ready to go at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. 

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.

This is huge news for the Eagles, who will be looking for a make-good against the Ravens. They may have walked out of Cleveland with a win last week, but it was as ugly as a team can look without completely caving in. 

Quarterback Michael Vick threw four interceptions and looked uncomfortable all game long. Despite his struggles, Maclin and Jackson combined for 11 receptions, 173 yards and one touchdown in the game. 

The Ravens had one of the most impressive victories in Week 1, defeating AFC North rival Cincinnati 44-13 on Monday night. 

If the Eagles come out of the gate this week like they did against the Browns, this game will get out of hand in a hurry. At least they have started the day with some good news. 

 

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