For a brief moment last night during the Philadelphia Eagles vs the Pittsburgh Steelers game, it seemed that Jeremy Maclin was going through the most hellacious and tormenting deja vu imaginable for an athlete.
After tearing his ACL in training camp prior to last season, and subsequently missing the entire year, Maclin has worked diligently to return to old form and has looked great thus far.
In the second quarter last night, Maclin went down without contact and was clutching the same knee he injured a year prior. On the replay, it looked like Maclin’s knee buckled under him as he attempted to cut inside for his route. As he laid on the floor, NFL fans across the country held their breath fearing the worst.
Thankfully, Maclin got to his feet and returned to the field only a few plays later. Speaking to the media afterwards, Maclin could not hide his relief when he realized that he was not seriously injured.
“If I was fine, I was going to play,” Maclin told CSNPhilly. “I got up fine. It wasn’t anything. I was excited to get back out there and play. I think God definitely had my back on that one. When I got up and I was walking, the initial shock kind of went away, and I was pretty good.”
“You need a strong-minded person to get through stuff like this,” Maclin continued. “I’ve always been in a good place mentally. Initially, when it first happened a year ago, I was emotional. I was upset. I think the thing that kind of helped me in rehab and kept me going was the fact that I was mentally tough. Now I’m excited about going forward.”
With Maclin 100 percent healthy, Eagles fans and fantasy football owners around the country can now look forward to seeing Maclin back in action in the regular season come September 7th.