The Philadelphia Eagles worst case scenario has been confirmed. After starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin went down during Saturday morning’s training camp practice, the team initially feared that the young wide receiver may have suffered a torn ACL and/or MCL. Unfortunately for Maclin and the Eagles, an MRI confirmed that the ACL was in fact torn and he would be forced to miss the remainder of the season.
It’s extremely unfortunate for a player that was looking to have a great year in new head coach Chip Kelly’s offense, but that is the harsh reality of the NFL world. Even worse for Maclin, however, is that he was entering a contract year.
With the injury keeping Maclin on the sideline, the Eagles will now need to rely even more on DeSean Jackson on the outside.
You can also expect the likes of Riley Cooper and Arrelious Benn to see increased work during training camp as the Eagles look for one of those players to step up in Maclin’s absence. The only problem for Philadelphia is that no one brings the speed that Maclin possesses, which Chip Kelly covets.
A dark horse option and potential breakout star for the Eagles with Maclin’s injury could be Damaris Johnson, so keep your eyes peeled for that name.