When Jeremy Maclin was carted off the field during Saturday’s practice, the Philadelphia Eagles feared the worst for their wide receiver that he suffered a torn ACL and would be out for the season. Unfortunately, it looks like the team’s worst fears came true after undergoing an MRI.
Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin has, in fact, torn the ACL in his right knee, source tells me. That was the fear pre-MRI. Out for the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2013
Maclin will be out for the remainder of the season and for a team that was already inconsistent in the passing game–this news is absolutely devastating for the Eagles at this point in the offseason. Maclin has been criticized throughout his career for being injury prone, but the truth is he was arguably the team’s best wide receiver considering how effective he proved to be when healthy.
For a team that finished with a 4-12 record last season, the Eagles had high expectations heading into the 2012 season as numerous changes were made to the coaching staff and the team was loaded with talent on paper. With Maclin out for the season, there’s a good chance Philadelphia will need to bring on another wide receiver through free agency and luckily–there are a few key names still available.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see how this team bounces back with Maclin out of the lineup next season. The Eagles have plenty of wide receivers capable of taking their game to another level such as Riley Cooper and Jason Avant, but there’s no question any of these wide receivers will be anywhere near the level of Maclin when it comes to making an impact.