Philadelphia Eagles players, coaches and fans alike are holding their breath after wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was carted off the field after suffering an torn ACL during 7-on-7 drills in Saturday’s training camp practice likely out for the season. Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the situation “[d]oes not look good.”
The former 2009 first round pick (No. 19 overall) out of Missouri reportedly covered his face with a towel as he was wheeled away after “writhing in pain” for roughly five minutes as team trainers worked over him.
Maclin, 25, followed that up by hauling in 63 passes for 859 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 and made 69 receptions for 857 yards and seven scores in 2012 and now enters his fifth season with 258 career receptions for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns in 59 games (57 starts).The loss of Maclin would be very costly for Philly. While the 6-0, 198-pound wide out is entering his fifth year in the league without a 1,000-yard season, Maclin has been very consistent producer in this offense. He racked up 56 receptions for 773 yards and four scores in his rookie campaign and collected 70 catches for 964 yards and 10 TDs in 2010.
The Chesterfield, MO native was also expecting to be more involved this year in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense after spending his first four seasons with a revolving door of struggling quarterbacks. But that will now depend on the severity of his injury.
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