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Jeremy Maclin Injury: Updates on Eagles WR's Hamstring and Return
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Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Jeremy Maclin's recovery:

 

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17

The Eagles provide a synopsis of head coach Chip Kelly discussing Jeremy Maclin's status for practice:

 

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:

 

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Jeremy Maclin's status for today's practice:

 

Original Text

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 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:

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:

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.

 

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