Maclin To Play Vs. Chicago

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

CHICAGO – Jeremy Maclin, who sat out parts of practice this week, will suit up and play tonight in the Eagles’ preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

This will be Maclin’s first game action since the 2012 season finale. He tore his ACL last July during training camp and was sidelined for the year.

The following Eagles are out: nose tackle Bennie Logan (hamstring), cornerback Nolan Carroll II, wide receiver Riley Cooper (foot), inside linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring), wide receiver Jeff Maehl (ankle), running back Chris Polk (hamstring) and center Julian Vandervelde (back).

According to Eagles Insider, Arrelious Benn will start for Cooper opposite Maclin. Damion Square will start at nose tackle in place of Logan. That’s noteworthy because rookie Beau Allen had been taking the bulk of first-team reps ahead of Square during practice.

The starters are expected to play 10 to 15 snaps. Chip Kelly said he would like to see the offense put together two productive drives.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EST from Soldier Field. We’ll put up an open thread during the game.