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Jeremy Maclin: Torn ACL a ‘minor setback’

Jeremy MaclinThe Philadelphia Eagles were dealt a major blow on Saturday when wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn ACL in practice. As a result, he will miss the entire 2013 season.

The 25-year-old was poised for a breakout year and expected by many to be the top receiving option for either Michael Vick or Nick Foles. Now, Maclin has a long road to recovery. At least he’s tackling it with a positive attitude.

“Appreciate all the love and support twitter fam….sad day but I have setbacks my entire life,” Maclin wrote on Twitter Saturday. “Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! #birdgang.”

Obviously, a torn ACL is a major setback no matter how you look at it. Adrian Peterson somehow had a career year after undergoing reconstructive surgery, and Maclin will have more recovery time than AP did. It’s very possible that he could come back at full strength in 2014, but missing all of the 2013 season will be difficult for Maclin and the team. Such is the life of a professional athlete.

Jeremy Maclin out for season with torn ACL

Jeremy MaclinThe Philadelphia Eagles will be without one of their top offensive weapons this season. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin went down with a knee injury during practice on Saturday and had to be carted off the field.

The team later announced that Maclin has a torn ACL and is out for the season.

“He just came off the line of scrimmage and his knee buckled a little bit,” fellow wide receiver DeSean Jackson told the team’s website. “It’s an unfortunate situation. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.”

Maclin was a first-round pick of the Eagles in 2009 and was entering his fifth NFL season. His best season came in 2010 when he caught 70 passes for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns. Riley Cooper is likely to replace him.

This definitely is not the way Chip Kelly was hoping his tenure as head coach of the Eagles would start off.

Jeremy Maclin hurt his groin when Nnamdi Asomugha jumped on him after touchdown

Jeremy Maclin Nnamdi Asomugha groin

Jeremy Maclin was listed as limited with a groin injury on Monday after hurting it following the Philadelphia Eagles’ comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and now we know the cause of the injury.

Per Tim McManus, Maclin told reporters on Tuesday that his groin was hurt when cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha jumped on him to celebrate the winning touchdown he caught on the final play of the game.

As many have quipped, the injury was Asomugha’s first hard hit of the season.

The injury won’t keep Maclin out of the Eagles’ Thursday game against the Bengals, but it does make for a funny story. And, sadly, injuries during celebrations occur far more often than you’d think. Here’s a list of many of them.

Helmet smack to Crossing Broad

Jeremy Maclin Doesn’t Think DeSean Jackson Was Ignoring Vince Young

I’ve long considered DeSean Jackson a punk with an attitude problem. He’s a very talented player, but he’s a bad teammate. It’s been that way since he was at Cal, and it’s continued with the Eagles. That said, I felt like he was singled out for his poor effort last Thursday against the Seahawks. My complaint isn’t picking on him for taking plays off, but for saying he ignored Vince Young on the bench when we can’t be sure of that. Jeremy Maclin pointed out the same thing.

Maclin, another receiver for the Eagles, says he didn’t think DeSean Jackson was ignoring Vince Young before halftime as was reported.

“I don’t think [the media] understood what exactly was going on. I think everybody was kind of assuming things because of whatever’s going on with him,” Maclin said. “It’s unfortunate that people do those type of things.

“If somebody who you’re playing with is talking to you, you pay attention. I honestly don’t think Vince (Young) was talking to him,” when the reported incident was caught on camera.

“Obviously they’re going to try to find anything that they can to nit pick so it’s unfortunate that that happened like that,” Maclin said. “I highly doubt that he’s talking to DeSean right there.”

I won’t go as far as Andy Reid who says DeSean was “all-in” that game, because he clearly wasn’t. But I just don’t think it’s fair for everyone to assume that DeSean was ignoring Vince Young when we don’t know that was the case. I really don’t think it was, because two minutes earlier NFL Network showed DeSean paying attention as Vince talked to him on the bench.