Michael Vick was the quarterback when Jeremy Maclin went to the ground during 7-on-7’s.
“I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” said Vick following Saturday’s practice. “I saw him fall. And usually when a guy falls like that, it’s something to be worried about. But hopefully everything will work out.”
The news was not good, as many of his teammates feared: MRI results revealed that Maclin has an ACL tear in his right knee.
It appeared to be a non-contact injury. Maclin laid on the ground in pain for about four minutes with his hands covering his face as teammates like LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick walked over to check on him.
Eventually, Chip Kelly and another assistant helped Maclin up. A cart drove onto the field, and Maclin draped a towel over his face as he rode inside. Jason Peters walked over to give Maclin a word of encouragement.
“That’s obviously one thing that everyone hates to see happen at training camp, one of your major contributors go down,” said Jason Kelce.
“You’re always worried about worst-case scenario and you hate it more for that individual than you do for its impact on the team,” added Evan Mathis. “Especially someone like Mac who is all-in — eat, breath, drink, sleep football and has done a lot for this team and wants to do a lot more. It’s going to hard on him mentally.
“No matter how bad it is, Mac’s the kind of guy that will get it fixed, get it repaired and get back to where he needs to be eventually.”
The 25-year-old receiver is in the final year of his rookie contract.
“I’m excited, man,” said Maclin on Thursday of his emotions heading into training camp in the final year of a deal. “I’m aware of everything that happens around me, but I’m excited to go out there and prove what I’m worth.”
Sheil Kapadia contributed to this report.