Aug 062010

August 6 Philadelphia Inquirer

Jeremy Maclin immediately thought the worst, and the worst for the Eagles wide receiver was a repeat of the knee injury he suffered as a freshman at Missouri.

On Tuesday, Maclin’s left foot got caught in the ground when he was making a catch, and his leg bent backward. As he lay there in pain, teammates and the fans grew silent because they saw him clutching his knee.

“Your initial thought is always the worst,” Maclin said. “Just because experiencing that before, I’ve already gone through that, so I don’t want to do it again. It almost felt like it did when I tore my [anterior cruciate ligament] my freshman year of college. Luckily, this time, I kind of caught myself before it actually went all the way back.”

The Eagles initially called the injury a hyperextension, then changed it to a “bone bruise.”

“The two bones banged, and he had a little bit of a bruise,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said Thursday. “He’s feeling remarkably well.”

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Wednesday that Maclin was “day-to-day.” Reid’s update was as optimistic. “I don’t think it will be very long,” he said.

Maclin didn’t practice for the second straight day, however, and was not part of the injured crew that worked outdoors with the training staff at Lehigh.

Receiver DeSean Jackson (back) and cornerback Asante Samuel (hamstring) ran on one of the side practice fields, and running back Mike Bell (hamstring) and tight end Martin Rucker (hamstring) appeared to do a little more. Reid said each of those players was close to returning.

Cornerback Macho Harris (hamstring), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (concussion), and center A.Q. Shipley (ankle) joined Maclin indoors. Shipley said he was gunning for a Sunday return.

Reid said that he was remaining cautious with guard Todd Herremans (foot), who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list with center Jamaal Jackson (knee) and defensive end Victor Abiamiri (knee).”

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