Jeremy Maclin: Eagles WR Injury Means Another Big Week for Brent Celek

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles lays on the field after taking a hit by Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Maclin was a hero in Week 2, catching one pass for a touchdown before leaving the game with an apparent hip injury on another play later in the second half.

He re-aggravated the hip injury that he suffered against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 during the second half of the game against the Baltimore Ravens. He managed to return to that contest, but his status has been up in the air all week after limited practice time.

After practicing on Thursday, he wasn't in shells or a helmet on Friday morning and was later ruled out for this weekend's clash against the Arizona Cardinals:

Reid: Maclin, Dunlap and Cooper are OUT for Sunday's game.

— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) September 21, 2012

While that certainly isn't good news for the Philadelphia Eagles offense or the team's chances this weekend against the Cardinals, it does mean good things for some of the other weapons that Michael Vick has at his disposal. Specifically, Brent Celek is poised for another big game after his 150-yard effort in Week 2.

As if the 11 targets from Michael Vick weren't enough, Celek should be a must-start in any league this week with Maclin on the bench. Behind DeSean Jackson, Celek is the biggest and most trusted target Vick has at his disposal.

His eight catches for 157 yards were evidence of that truth. He uses his body well in space, catches everything near his body and isn't afraid to lay the wood on a hit or jump over a defender.

Celek faces an Arizona squad that figures to be a good matchup this week after giving up a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski last week against the New England Patriots. Celek is no Gronk, but he's more than capable of making teams pay when they focus on LeSean McCoy, Vick or Jackson, much like Jason Witten does to opposing defenses with the Dallas Cowboys.

He should be an instant start on your fantasy team, and his efforts could help lead to a victory in Week 3, mirroring his Week 2 efforts.

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