Training camps opened up this week, and the injury bug has already begun to bite. Three season ending injuries potentially already could have taken place as we finish up the first weekend of camp. Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin could be out for the season due to a torn labrum in his hip, and Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta fractured his hip and may be out for the season. Now Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin has torn his ACL, perhaps the biggest loss of any team yet.
Jeremy Maclin was an emerging star for the Eagles, the first round pick in the 2009 draft has emerged as a top option in the Philadelphia passing game in his four seasons with the team. Entering his fifth year, he was supposed to continue to grow into the elite option he was expected to be when the team used a first round draft pick on him. With Chip Kelly’s new fast paced offense, the sky was the limit this year.
That all changed on Saturday during a 7 on 7 drill during practice. “He just came off the line of scrimmage and his knee buckled a little bit,” fellow wide receiver DeSean Jackson said on the team’s website.”It’s an unfortunate situation. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.”
Although his numbers last year are not elite by today’s standards, he did lead the Eagles in all three major receiving categories. On the year he had 69 receptions for 857 yards, and 7 touchdowns.
Certainly there is no good time for a season ending injury, it is hard to imagine a worse time for either party to suffer this blow. Jeremy Maclin is entering the final season of his contract, and likely cost himself quite a bit of money by tearing his ACL, the Eagles on the other hand now are down to veterans Jason Avant and Riley Cooper to compliment Jackson at receiver.
Philadelphia is looking to once again establish itself as a contender in the always competitive NFC East, and losing a key piece of the offense is not a good way to start. Jeremy Maclins ACL tear is a serious loss for an Eagle team learning a new offense and potentially starting a new quarterback. Although we have seen Adrian Peterson and RG III recover incredibly fast from ACL tears recently, that is not the norm. It is a long recovery time that likely will keep Maclin on the sidelines for the entirety of the season.
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