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Reid optimistic that Maclin will be ready for Week One

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He’s been dealing with a mysterious illness for months, but coach Andy Reid nevertheless believes that receiver Jeremy Maclin will be ready to play in less than a month.

I think he’s going to be ready,” Reid said after Thursday night’s preseason game, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.  “I guess I’m optimistic.  I’m waiting to hear the results, but I’m optimistic.”

We hope he’s right, but it’s hard to envision Maclin playing on September 11 against the Rams, given that Maclin has yet to practice at all in 2011.

For now, Maclin is back in St. Louis for further evaluation.  “He has to have some tests done,” Reid said.  “His [surrogate] father is a doctor, so that is actually a comforting feeling.  He has someone there that he is very close to, and his dad has a good pulse on things, which we encourage, so that’s where he had some of the tests done.”

Reid said that the acquisition of Steve Smith has no bearing on Maclin’s situation.  As to Smith, Reid is (you guessed it) optimistic.

“He had a small microfracture, but all of his ligaments and cartilage was intact,” Reid said of Smith.  “His knee is very stable, and he’s had no swelling in his knee throughout the whole process.  He’s been running, and he starting running routes this past week.

“We’re just going to bring him back slowly and see what he can do.  We’ll get him in a formal rehab with [trainer] Rick [Burkholder] and see exactly where he’s at.  It could be three weeks, I don’t know.  I have to see how he does here.  We know he’s a fine football player, and we just need to get his leg where it needs to be.”

If Maclin and Smith can get back to 100 percent, the Eagles will have even more fine football players — and possibly too many weapons for one of the finest (on paper) teams in the NFL.

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42 Responses to “Reid optimistic that Maclin will be ready for Week One”
  1. mikebyrne1502 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:15 PM

    Good thing the way they were talking about it made it kind of seem like a repeat of Magic.

  2. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 12, 2011 1:15 PM

    Maybe he ate some bad bird seed.

  3. b1rdbath says: Aug 12, 2011 1:16 PM

    I have a hard time believing this “optimism”. There has to be a serious reason for all of this secrecy.

    I just hope he will be ok, He always seemedlike a good kid.

  4. greymares says: Aug 12, 2011 1:18 PM

    Andy Reid wouldn’t lie.

  5. kevpft says: Aug 12, 2011 1:19 PM

    Or, to paraphrase, “we are optimistic that this tactic will help us avoid any more questions about it until week 1.”

  6. rickycubane says: Aug 12, 2011 1:20 PM

    in this case no news is bad news.. the longer it takes to find out whats wrong with him the worse the prognosis is going to be.. i love maclin .. i want them to come back and say.. ohh it was just mono the whole time and he is on antibiotics now .. but i just have this feeling in my gut thaty says its gonna be a life altering thing for him.. the rumors going around in philly are not good.. why else would they pick up steve smith who may not be ready until week 4 or 5 unless they knew maclin was gonna be out for the year

  7. fillyfan9988 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:23 PM

    Andy Reid has a mysterious illness called CLOCK MANAGEMENT.No cure is sight for Andy !

  8. jaystop says: Aug 12, 2011 1:24 PM

    Cooper and Avant will surprise people this year. Avant has the best hands on the team and Vick’s developed a chemistry with Cooper that goes back to his reps as a backup.

  9. spikedavis44 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:30 PM

    At this point, this situation is straight up strange. Apparently, he has had symptoms for over 6 months. I understand that it can take time to make a correct diagnosis, but this has dragged on for a long time given the high level of health care at Maclin’s disposal. I believe that he has an STD of some sort. Sounds crazy, but what else would lend itself to being kept so secret?

  10. schmitty2 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:30 PM

    Hopefully he is ok. Now speaking from just a gameplan standpoint..Jackson really needs him or he is going to see alot more double teams if he is not ready to go

  11. themage78 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:34 PM

    Let’s check our Dream team stats:
    Vick : Prone to injury. Check.
    Maclin: Recovering from microfracture surgery. Check.
    DeSean: Prone to concussions, and still wants a huge payday. Check.
    Steve Smith: Recovering from microfracture surgery. Check.
    McCoy: Injured last year, and hurt himself in training camp this year. Check.
    Young: Prone to going crazy and not wanting to play. Check.
    Defense: New D -coordinator, still nowhere near as good as Jim Johnson. Check.
    Ashmougha: Played in a cupcake division. Will face some real talent now. Check.

    Not so dreamy when you look at closely. If Vick goes down I seriously doubt they can make the playoffs with Young as QB.

  12. jrzproud says: Aug 12, 2011 1:34 PM

    “…one of the finest (on paper) teams in the NFL.”

    Paper champs… Let’s see how it plays out.

    I do hope Maclin is OK, however. Seriously…

  13. chrisvegas says: Aug 12, 2011 1:36 PM

    Cue the Eagles Haters Now

  14. jacksaysfu says: Aug 12, 2011 1:38 PM

    E-A-G-L-E-S

  15. kaf39 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:48 PM

    Hope he’s back in time!

  16. rickycubane says: Aug 12, 2011 1:50 PM

    dude.. themage78

    … where in that article did you read maclin has microfracture??…..

    maybe your lack of literacy is whats making the eagles look so bad to you…

  17. jpiro says: Aug 12, 2011 1:55 PM

    So, what are the rumors beyond him having Mono? Not an Eagles fan, so I haven’t been following too closely.

  18. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:56 PM

    So here ya go, themage78….Ready? The NFC east has been a cupcake division since 1999. Shut ur face.

  19. wryly1 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:58 PM

    Sounds more like Coach Reid is just trying to give the kid some morale support. No way he or anyone else could truly believe Maclin will be ready for the opener.

  20. locusthopper says: Aug 12, 2011 1:59 PM

    jrzproud says:
    Aug 12, 2011 1:34 PM

    “Paper champs…”

    Thank you, jrzproud, for trotting out the number one cliched “insult” a football fan has in his repertoire. Bravo. Bra-vo.

  21. jdandcoke says: Aug 12, 2011 2:04 PM

    How do you feel about the current state of the economy in this country andy?

    AR: i think it’ll recover soon….probably before christmas…im very optimistic.

    what about the prospects about finding a cure for cancer in the next two years?

    AR: i have to believe that the cure is right around the corner….im very optimistic.

    lastly, what are your thoughts on baltimore orioles? do you think they can be the dominat team in the AL east next year.

    AR: no doubt about it….i think the orioles have all the makings of a championship team…im very optimistic.

    hey andy…stfu

  22. rew1572 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:27 PM

    The Steve Smith link in the article goes to the Carolina Panthers Steve Smith rotoworld profile.

    Did the Eagles get him, too?

  23. bosux says: Aug 12, 2011 2:28 PM

    Paging Dr. House!

  24. o0omorriso0o says: Aug 12, 2011 2:34 PM

    Themage thats not stats kid. stats are numbers on the field and they are great…

  25. b7p19 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:38 PM

    “I believe that he has an STD of some sort.”

    And I can only assume that you have come to this diagnosis after studying Jeremy’s medical records and the results of the tests that he’s taken. Knucklehead…

  26. kingsrandom says: Aug 12, 2011 2:39 PM

    Themage78……..

    Maclin- microfracture, really ???
    Smith- wasn’t even on the team yet and who knows how big of role he will play
    McCoy-played in 16 games as a rookie and 15 last year (don’t remember for sure but probably sat out Dallas game when they rested the starters)
    Young- ok I’ll give you that one
    Castillo/defense. WAYYYYY to early to judge. But after one meaningless preseason game in which they had six sacks and 2 ints, I’d say that’s a good start, and with their offense they don’t need the best D in the league just an improvement over last year which this one PROBABLY will be
    Nnambdi- P. Rivers arguably top 5 QB….Cassell, Orton…not the best but not awful and the WR in the AFC WEST were pretty good during his time in Oakland too but if your statement about a “cupcake division” is true he still had to play against 10 other teams a season.

    But no worries, even though your facts and opinions weren’t necessarily based in reality, the hate behind them still shined through

  27. tombrookshire says: Aug 12, 2011 2:40 PM

    So Maclin was conceived using a surrogate father/donor. Wow. That’s a new wrinkle. Maybe his illness is due to some unforeseen genetic flaw.

  28. steelcitypoonslayer says: Aug 12, 2011 2:42 PM

    Just read that maclin caught borderline personality disorder. Very common illness in Philly area.

  29. jimr10 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:45 PM

    Unfortunately for the Eagles, Andy Reid is still the coach. Choke.

  30. bleed4philly says: Aug 12, 2011 3:19 PM

    You know Andy, he keeps everything close to the vest, except his belly. I highly doubt his comments on Maclin are an exception.

  31. rodericksilva says: Aug 12, 2011 3:35 PM

    @rhemage78

    You’re a funny dude. This is a football team not a baseball team. injuries are part of the game.

    If ANY team loses its starting QB… their odds of not making the playoffs increase. if anything Reid has a track record of plugging in a pretty good QB into the system.

    You’re funny though. I’ll give you that.

  32. sdw2001 says: Aug 12, 2011 4:09 PM

    themage78 says:
    Aug 12, 2011 1:34 PM
    Let’s check our Dream team stats:
    Vick : Prone to injury. Check.
    Maclin: Recovering from microfracture surgery. Check.
    DeSean: Prone to concussions, and still wants a huge payday. Check.
    Steve Smith: Recovering from microfracture surgery. Check.
    McCoy: Injured last year, and hurt himself in training camp this year. Check.
    Young: Prone to going crazy and not wanting to play. Check.
    Defense: New D -coordinator, still nowhere near as good as Jim Johnson. Check.
    Ashmougha: Played in a cupcake division. Will face some real talent now. Check.

    Not so dreamy when you look at closely. If Vick goes down I seriously doubt they can make the playoffs with Young as QB.

    1. You have no idea if Vick will get injured. If he does, Young is the best backup for him.

    2. Maclin is not recovering from micro fracture surgery, moron.

    3. DeSean: No evidence he’s any more prone to concussions than anyone else. And deserves a big paycheck.

    4. Smith: The Eagles’ doctors apparently have a different opinion than you. Shocker.

    5. Young: In a totally different system now, one that suits him perfectly on and off the field.

    6. Defense: Already better than the end of last year and apparently better than the 22 other candidates Andy Reid interviewed.

    7. It’s seller A-S-O-M-U-G-H-A, you fool. And he’s the best cornerback in football.

  33. zeussuperman says: Aug 12, 2011 4:14 PM

    rickycubane says: Aug 12, 2011 1:50 PM

    dude.. themage78

    … where in that article did you read maclin has microfracture??…..

    maybe your lack of literacy is whats making the eagles look so bad to you…

    ——————-

    Haha, it’s true. A team can’t look all that great on paper when you can’t read.

  34. jdandcoke says: Aug 12, 2011 4:15 PM

    obviously themage78 knows that maclin isnt recovering from microfracture surgery….his thoughts were faster than his fingers….its happened to all of us….stop needlessly busting his chops.

  35. indyeagle says: Aug 12, 2011 4:31 PM

    I’m 36 years old and have ran marathon’s and mini’s for about 15 years. When I was 33, I suddenly lost all energy to the point that walking up two flights of stairs was exhausting. After seeing numerous doctors and 4 specialists, they never did figure out what was wrong with me. After about 16 months, my strength and stamina started to return and I was back up to 26.2 about 6 months after that. No explanation from docs, no diagnosis, weirdest thing ever.

    Hearing the Maclin stories brings back bad memories for me. I will pray that they figure it out, get him treated and back on the field soon.

    As for those who love to speculate and throw out opinions. I didn’t have AIDS, STD’s, Cancer, etc……so he could just have an “undetermined illness” and the Eagles truly aren’t hiding a thing.

  36. giantspunk213 says: Aug 12, 2011 4:42 PM

    I’m in no way an eagles fan but i do hope they figure out what the hell is wrong with this kid, you never wanna see anyone go down like this, same goes for Patterson

  37. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 12, 2011 4:47 PM

    Paying fans deserve to know what’s going on.

  38. The Shoeman says: Aug 12, 2011 5:55 PM

    Eagles Mania is Sweeping the Nation

    Woooooooooooooooooooooooo !

  39. axespray says: Aug 12, 2011 6:04 PM

    get well soon maclin…

  40. usmutts says: Aug 12, 2011 6:05 PM

    I asked this previously and don’t believe anyone responded.

    What, exactly, are Maclin’s SYMPTOMS? Not the diagnosis, but the symptoms of his illness.

  41. andyreidisfat says: Aug 12, 2011 6:42 PM

    First as to Maclin. my best guess is diabetes. It took almost 6 months for very good Doctors at one of the best diabetes hospitals in the country to figure out which type and to treat the version my little brother has. He had the same thing as Maclin, weight loss, he was tired.

    Once they figured the correct plan for him he was fine. Sometimes it takes awhile for a persons body to adjust to having an outside source of insulin.

    And as far as the Eagles not saying anything, they are required by law not to say anything. It is up to Maclin to say something if he wants to. Or maybe he doesn’t at all. It’s his choice.

    Now on to the haters.

    First if any Rodgers, brady, Manning, Rivers, Kolb, Brees if any of these QB’s get hurt the season is over for their teams. All but one of these guys has had a injury more serious than anything Vick has ever had. So i guess you could say they are just as injury prone if not more.

    second, I keep hearing that the Maclin illness must be serious because the Eagles signed Smith. Now think about how stupid that statement is. The Eagles signed a guy coming off a serious injury because they have a guy with a serious illness ??? duhh. Wouldn’t they if they were that worried have signed a guy like Edwards who is cheaper and not injured if they were that worried.

    I think they signed Smith because they hope to resign him as the slot guy next season knowing Avant may want to go somewhere else and be a starter which he deserves a chance to do. Avant has the best hands in the NFL and most likely next season will want to start. The Eagles are a good franchise about let people go elsewhere when they can do more than they do here.

    I keep hearing a lot about Vince Young. Well IMO VY will do much better here because he has a team that believes in him. Will work WITH him not against him like his previous coach did. I am not the biggest VY fan in the world, but anyone who looks at what happened in Tenn. would see that Fischer tryed to run this guy out of town from day one. How many starters have 10-3 td-int rate and are winning games gets pulled. VY growth was stunted big time by Fischer who never wanted the kid in the first place. Had Young been drafted by the Eagles who knows how good he could be today. The kid has all the tools and now he will learn from great QB coaches and Vick (who has become perhaps the hardest working QB in the NFL)

    One more thing as well. I heard someone say Nnamdi isn’t that good cuz he played nobody ??? Umm yeah V. Jackson, D. Bowe, B. Marshall were the WR he’s covered in division over the last 5 years. Throwing to them has been Cutler (when he was putting up big numbers ), Rivers, Cassel. While the Broncos have not been great since the second half of 2009 before that they were really good. The AFC WEst has never really been a “cup cake” division. Now the NFC west maybe i’ll give you that as cupcake. but if you look at the people who played there and who Nnamdi has been covering and shutting out most of the time i’d say they were pretty good. In fact for most of his Raiders career his division WR’s were better than whats in the NFC East right now not on the Eagles. You got Nicks and 19 for the cowboys. Thats really it. Perhaps Bryant is good, we don;t know, but Nnamdi probably would cover 19 anyway.

  42. granadafan says: Aug 12, 2011 6:56 PM

    Must be something in the wudder (water) in Philly.

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