Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin's Torn ACL Forces Others to Step Up

By Matt Lombardo

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin confirmed to the media on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday during the team’s first open practice of training camp that he will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his ACL on Tuesday.

Maclin, the Eagles’ 2009 first-round draft choice, will have his surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama and then return to Philadelphia for rehab. Andrews is widely regarded as the premier orthopedic surgeon in the nation. Some of his high profile patients include Michael Jordan, Robert Griffin III and Reggie Bush.

The injury is a crushing blow to an Eagles offense that seemed to be an ideal fit for Maclin who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Maclin’s injury occurred during Saturday’s practice when he hauled in a pass and his right foot got caught in the turf at the Novacare Complex.

“I tried to go left and pivot but my right foot didn’t want me to,” Maclin explained Sunday. “I was devastated laying on the field. Not because of the pain, but because of what I knew had happened. I hate not being a part of this, this new beginning and new era with the Eagles.”

The road back could be a long one for Maclin, who tore his ACL in 2006 while at a football camp during his time at the University of Missouri. He explained that he will rely on that experience during his rehab this time around.

“I’ve been battle tested,” He explained. “I think I have the right mindset to get through this. I don’t have any regrets [about not holding out of camp], because once you do that then you start feeling sorry for yourself and that’s not the kind of person I am.”

In his absence, the Eagles will have to make up for his production. In 2012 Maclin hauled in seven touchdowns in 2012 and posted 857 yards on 69 catches.

If Sunday’s practice is any indication, Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and James Casey along with Riley Cooper could see expanded roles in the Birds’ offense.

Matt Lombardo is also a sports radio host on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Join the conversation and follow him on Twitter.

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