Hamstring Puts Maclin On Sideline

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

FOXBORO — Jeremy Maclin‘s day started off pretty well.

He lined up against Darrelle Revis during one-on-ones and, with a steady rain driving down, was able to get loose and haul in a pass from Nick Foles. The two connected again during team drills as Maclin took off from the slot, raced into open space over the middle and snagged a Foles pass for the touchdown.

Maclin, though, was slow to return to his own sideline after the catch. He cursed as he yanked his chin strap loose, then stopped briefly to speak with one of the Eagles trainers. The veteran receiver sat out for the remainder of the day.

He wore an ice bag around his surgically-repaired right knee after practice but revealed that it was his left hamstring that forced him to shut it down.

“It shouldn’t be a big deal,” said Maclin. “Go back, treat it and come back tomorrow…It grabbed on me. I knew that I probably wasn’t going to practice for the rest of the day so I was a little upset from that aspect.” Asked if he would play in Friday’s preseason game, he said, “I’m hoping to.”

Between yesterday and the early portion of today’s practice, this is arguably the best Maclin has looked all offseason. While that’s encouraging, the other side is that he has been in and out of the lineup over the last two weeks whether that’s because of “general leg soreness,” the hamstring, or otherwise.

Riley Cooper (foot) has returned to practice in a limited capacity but continues to sit out during team drills, so Nick Foles was working with a makeshift receiving corps once again that was comprised of Ifeanyi Momah, Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith. It’s no coincidence that Foles hasn’t looked quite himself of late. Open targets have been a little tough to come by.

Is it a concern that he is not getting a lot of reps with the starting receivers?

“Certainly, you’d like to be able to play as many reps as you can with all the guys you’re going to be playing with,” said Pat Shurmur. “Unfortunately, this time of year, there’s a lot of skill players that deal with some soft tissue issues and missing practice.  So there’s a lot of time left.  We’ve got a lot of time and there was a lot of great reps throughout the spring and so I think you just go back on that.”

The Eagles have 25 days between now and their regular-season opener against the Jaguars, to be exact. When that times comes, they’ll be depending on Maclin to be both present and productive.

“For Mac, it’s just a matter of getting getting more comfortable getting out there,” said Chip Kelly prior to practice. “You can tell he’s running around and doing those things, but you’re not instantly, hey I got it back to where I was before. It’s still getting more familiar, a little bit more comfortable with what we’re doing. Even though he was in the building every day he was rehabbing so he wasn’t on the field or working with us from a scheme standpoint.

“He might have confidence in his leg but he’s still trying to make sure he acclimates everything that we’re trying to do  from an offensive standpoint, processing the terminology, getting lined up and playing. But every day I think you see him getting a little bit better and better.”

Jaylen Watkins sat out with a hamstring injury but expects to be back soon. David Fluellen, Nolan Carroll (hamstring/groin), Matthew Tucker (hamstring), Chris Polk (hamstring) and Jake Knott (hamstring) also sat out.

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  • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

    This stuff is so common after any surgery. I had a torn labrum fixed and have never had an issue with it again. The muscles around it? Much different story. Took me two full years to feel like I had full ability back, then again I’m not working with the best sports scientists and trainers in the world.

    • Corey Dawson

      Yeah, the muscles had a year off and haven’t had time to get the conditioning back that they used to. He’s young enoough still that I have no doubt it’ll come back with time, just needs to not push them when they’ve had enough for the day. That’s where things can get hairy with re-injury type things.

    • Eagles1018…Please no more du

      I still get gimpy if I play a game of football after surgery for a torn meniscus in 2010. But I concur, I don’t have the best doctors in the country

  • Adam G
    • aub32

      Funny. Are you missing the other guy yet? (Kidding)

      • Adam G

        Ha. I don’t know why but as soon as I heard he tweaked his hammy, the first thing I thought of was this character.

        • aub32

          The thought crossed my mind as well. Hopefully it’s nothing, but I won’t be convinced Maclin can stay on the field until maybe week 6 lol

      • Kev_H

        If the other guy is Jaccson, he’s been battling his own share of injuries this summer as well.

    • Johnny Domino

      Saw that guy at Franklin Field

  • jay ray

    Like I said, he won’t make it through the season. Same MO his entire career. Good player, just can’t stay healthy. Lookin’ at you, JMatt. We need redemption from you big time.

    • Kev_H

      The guy missed 5 games in 4 years prior to last year’s ACL surgery, McCoy missed 5 over that period too. What are you talking about?

      • jay ray

        Stop pretending you didn’t actually watch the games, dude. Sure, he started the games. How many snaps did he average? He consistently misses series, limps back to the huddle, and tackles himself in the open field. He’s brittle, simple as that. You think it’s gonna get any better coming off major knee surgery…again? You really want a guy like that to be your WR1?

        • Kev_H

          I watched the games and noticed he caught more balls than any other teammate from 2009-2012. It’s the NFL. Players get hurt. That’s the norm.

    • 370HSSV 0773H

      What are you talking about? He’s rarely been injured before the ACL.

      • Breathe 21

        He had an ACL tear in college and his fair share of injuries as a pro. He never had a major injury as a pro before the ACL, but he’s comes out of games or missed them entirely due to injury. I think he might need a little more muscle.

  • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

    Injeremy Report Maclin

  • Kev_H

    You never know- we might look back and say the time Foles spent in August working with Smith, Momah, and Benn really paid off if they are the guys on the field.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    I wonder if every time Maclin gets an ache or pain he regrets not signing that 5 year deal?

  • PaoliBulldog

    My son just had his ACL rebuilt on Friday, and the surgeons used a hamstring tendon from the injured leg to form the graft. Since Maclin’s 2013 tear was the second one to his right leg, I wonder if they took a tendon out of his *left* leg this time — which might explain hammy tenderness in that leg.

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      Unlikely. All NFL guys get it reconstructed with Patella Tendon. Usually their own, RG3 has used one from knee. One for each surgery. I bet Mac the same

    • Warhound KnowsHstryWarts&All

      I thought they used a piece of his patellar tendon (same knee).

  • RC

    Did anyone notice that everyone who sat out practice has a hamstring injury?? Not saying there’s anything to it, but that’s crazy. Hamstring strain recovery sucks. Normally, you need 3x longer than you think…otherwise, right back on the sideline.

  • OddBall

    It’s deja vu all over again.

  • EuropeanEagle

    “Hello? Desean? Yeah it’s Chip, say, not that we want you back or anything, but you wouldn’t have a healthy spare leg available, would you?”