Jeremy Maclin Injury: Updates on Eagles Star's Week 4 Status and Fantasy Value

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IISeptember 25, 2012

If the wide receiving corps on your fantasy team is looking a little thin lately, have no fear: There's good news for those of you still waiting for Jeremy Maclin to get back into the action.

After missing this week's 27-6 loss to the Cardinals due to a hip injury, the starting wideout is expected to be back on the field for Sunday's all-important matchup against divisional rival New York, according to a tweet from Comcast SportsNet's Geoff Mosher:

Andy anticipates that Maclin will be back this week.

— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) September 24, 2012

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2:07 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

Confirming what we've been suspecting all week, the New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel came through with some good news for Eagles fans on Thursday—and, of course, for anyone who currently has Jeremy Maclin taking up a roster spot on their fantasy team. 

It looks like that hip injury may finally be healed. 

On Thursday afternoon, Samuel tweeted:

Jeremy Maclin (hip) indicated he is pretty much back at full strength for Eagles.

— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) September 27, 2012



UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4:33 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Full steam ahead for Mr. Maclin. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane passed along this tidbit: 

Jeremy Maclin said he did most today at practice. Said he's playing Sunday.

— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 26, 2012

This is obviously a great sign for his availability for Sunday. While players often say they will play, only to have doctors to tell them they are not, all evidence suggests Maclin will be good to go. 


UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 12:03 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Barring a setback, fantasy owners and Eagles fans should expect Jeremy Maclin (hip) to be available Sunday vs. New York, as he is already expected to resume practicing today, according to head coach Andy Reid per Eagles Insider

Jeremy Maclin, who missed last gane with hip contusion, is practicing today, Reid says.

— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) September 26, 2012


According to's Kevin Noonan, Maclin has been dealing with the nagging injury for quite some time and made the mistake of playing on it against the Ravens a couple of weeks ago. Once he re-aggravated the injury against Baltimore, according to Noonan, the Eagles made the decision to sit him and give him the opportunity to fully heal.

Which, apparently, he has. 

Not only is that good news for fantasy owners, it's good news for the Eagles, whose offense was atrociously stagnant against the resurgent Cardinals on Sunday. Philadelphia was shut out in the first half and managed just two field goals in the third quarter.

Receiver Damaris Johnson had a decent game, finishing with 84 yards, but it's clear that this offense is missing something. Perhaps Maclin's return can provide whatever spark it needs.

There's no better time for him to be making his return, either. This divisional matchup bodes to have huge implications for both the Eagles and the Giants, who will likely be fighting down the stretch all season for prime positioning in the divisional standings.

As for Maclin's fantasy value, he can be expected to be one of Michael Vick's primary targets upon returning, just as he was in an opening-week win over the Browns, when he registered seven receptions on 14 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Now that he's healthy (supposedly), we can hope to see those numbers improve—particularly against the Giants, who are tied for 22nd in the league in pass defense. 

Check this space for updates on Maclin's condition as the week continues, but if all goes to plan and he's good to go on Sunday, there's no reason you shouldn't activate him.