Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Jeremy Maclin's recovery:
Asked about Jeremy Maclin's practice availability today, Shurmur said: "I think he'll be out here doing something." Sounds like not much.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 18, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
The Eagles provide a synopsis of head coach Chip Kelly discussing Jeremy Maclin's status for practice:
Kelly: Cooper will do everything today, Maclin should be full tomorrow ... Polk not back yet, Tucker and Fluellen will be back today.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) August 17, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reveals Jeremy Maclin will not play in the Eagles' preseason game against the Patriots:
PHI Inactive players vs. NE: J. Maclin, R. Cooper, N. Carroll, C. Polk, M. Tucker, Jaylen Watkins, D. Fluellen, J. Knott, J. Vandervelde.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 15, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Jeremy Maclin's status for today's practice:
Jeremy Maclin is not practicing. Unlikely to play Friday.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 14, 2014
Jeremy Maclin lost all of the 2013 NFL season to injury. So when he had to leave practice on Wednesday with a hamstring tweak, the Philadelphia Eagles organization and fans certainly held their collective breath.
Luckily, the injury didn't appear to be too serious, as he told reporters after the session, per Reuben Frank of CSN Philly:
Maclin said he pulled left hamstring on long TD. Did not return. Said feels OK now. Hoping to play Friday. Was having very good couple days.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) August 13, 2014
Maclin: "My left hamstring kind of grabbed on me a little bit so shut it down. It shouldn’t be a big deal."— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) August 13, 2014
Maclin is one of the most important members of the Eagles offense. With DeSean Jackson and the 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns he tallied in 2013 now in Washington, Maclin is expected to step into the No. 1 receiving role and put up big numbers for the Eagles.
While Maclin has never registered that number of catches or yards—his career year came in 2010, when he caught 70 passes for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns—he's also never been the primary weapon in Philadelphia's passing game. Given his speed and route-running ability, however, he seems like the perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense.
And he was certainly having a good day on Friday, as Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted:
Jeremy Maclin continues to toast Darrelle Revis in 1 on 1s. Looked right at us after beating him as if to say, "You reporters catch that?"— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 13, 2014
But injuries are a concern for Maclin, and per McLane, he has been icing his right knee the last two practices, though likely just as a precaution. Wednesday's removal from practice was also likely nothing more than Maclin being cautious, as the conditions weren't exactly ideal on the field, per Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News:
Maclin is on the sideline. My guess is that, wet field, pelting rain, probably felt it was a risk. Really, really wet here now.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 13, 2014
One would guess the coaching staff and the team's fans will be just fine with the cautious approach in the case of Maclin. With Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews as the other primary weapons at wide receiver, keeping Maclin healthy is vital.
On an Eagles team that looks as though it will attack teams by throwing a variety of receiving weapons at them—along with the receiving corps, tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz and running backs Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy will play a big role in the passing game—having an exciting, downfield threat will be important to their success.
Maclin is the man for that role, so long as he can remain on the field.