Jeremy Maclin was one of the few bright spots for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. Unfortunately, the WR suffered a lower back strain in the contest, an injury that may have a lingering impact on his future performances.
UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 11:40 a.m. ET
With the Eagles breaking in a new quarterback this week, Maclin's presence became that much more critical for the team.
According to Geoff Mosher of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Maclin's name is not among those included on the inactive list.
Eagles inactives:Vick, Gilyard, Polk, Avant, Curry, Menkin and Hunt— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) November 18, 2012
Maclin leads the Eagles with four touchdown catches this season. His 12.5 yards per reception average is the lowest of his career.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 12:45 p.m. ET
According to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles star WR indicated on Wednesday afternoon that he will be active and on the field this coming Sunday.
Jeremy Maclin (back strain) said he's playing Sunday.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 14, 2012
It seems that the lower back strain that Maclin is suffering from isn't too serious, which is great news for Eagles fans and Nick Foles--the expected starting QB in Week 11 for Philly.
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According to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Maclin was sore as of Monday morning and his status is still up in the air for next Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Maclin was lower back strain. Sore today. Will see for Sunday.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 12, 2012
The fourth-year man out of Missouri hauled in eight receptions (on 12 targets) for 93 yards and a TD. Most impressively, the majority of those catches (including a 44-yard scoring connection) came after rookie QB Nick Foles took over under center following Michael Vick’s concussion.
It’s clear that the inexperienced signal-caller favors the No. 2 WR in coach Andy Reid’s offense and the Eagles need Maclin out there if they want any chance to find success in this miserable 2012 campaign.
At 3-6, Philly may be fading from contention, but making strides with Foles under center is key for the franchise going forward. His ability to make progress will be hindered if Maclin is limited or out of the lineup.
Considering that the wideout was suffering from a serious hip contusion early in the season but only missed one game, there’s a good chance that he’ll shrug this latest back problem off and suit up in Week 11.
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