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Maclin getting MRI as Eagles sign a new (old) receiver

2006-09-04-ball AP

Early indications aren’t promising for Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Maclin is getting an MRI on his injured right leg.  “It doesn’t look good,” the source said, but that’s without knowing the results of the MRI.

Jordan Rannan of NJ.com reports that Maclin fears he tore his ACL.  Other reports indicate concerns of an MCL tear, which would not be as severe as an ACL tear.

Meanwhile, the Eagles apparently are guarding against the potentially protracted absence of Maclin by adding a new receiver.  But he’s not “new”; he finished his college career more than six years ago.

The Eagles have announced that former New Hampshire receiver Dave Ball has been added to the 90-man roster.

Ball, 29, played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at New Hampshire, where Kelly served as offensive coordinator.  Ball broke Jerry Rice’s Division I-AA record for receiving touchdowns, with 58.  Ball finished only 38 yards behind Rice with 3,955 receiving yards.

But Ball’s NFL career didn’t go nearly as far.  He spent limited time with the Bears (2007) and Jets (2007-08) before bouncing around Cananda.  Most recently, he played in 2011 for the Pittsburgh Power and then the Erie Explosion.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. ET:  Ball’s arrival apparently was unrelated to Maclin’s injury, even though the move wasn’t announced until after Maclin went down.  Regardless, the Eagles may need Ball a bit more than they did earlier in the day.

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27 Responses to “Maclin getting MRI as Eagles sign a new (old) receiver”
  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    Wow. Dave Ball.

  2. norvturnersneck says: Jul 27, 2013 3:49 PM

    Bummer, I though they were bringing back Mrs. Kendra or Freddie Mitchell.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 27, 2013 3:49 PM

    The excuse train is up and Running for Eagle fans in regards to the Burgundy and Gold massacre they’ll receive on Opening Night in FedEx. #ForeverRingless

  4. diegiantsdie says: Jul 27, 2013 3:50 PM

    thank god. hes our savior. what a joke. this is such a huge loss for philly.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:53 PM

    Lol at The Redskins. Please.

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:55 PM

    If it were DeSean Jackson who was injured instead, as an Eagles fan I would feel a whole lot better than I do right now. Losing Maclin for the season this early is kind of a nightmare, but I suppose the silver lining in it will be that he’ll likely be fully ready for the start of the 2014 season.

    Eagles WR depth chart at this point:

    DeSean Jackson
    Riley Cooper
    Jason Avant
    Damaris Johnson
    Ifeanyi Momah

    If Arrelious Benn is healthy approaching the start of the season, than he can easily grab the 5th spot over the 6’7″ Ifeanyi Momah who runs a 4.4 forty yard dash, but is also very raw and inexperienced as a player.

  7. buddybowl69 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:57 PM

    Everything will be fine. Maclin will just give RGKnee a call, and he’ll hook him up with some of his ‘special juice’, and he’ll be ready by game 3.

  8. moerawn says: Jul 27, 2013 4:00 PM

    I knew it wouldn’t be T.O., but I looked anyway.

  9. green41563 says: Jul 27, 2013 4:01 PM

    For what it’s worth, a lot of guys get carted off in camp, and for whatever reason, it usually tends better than you’d think.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 27, 2013 4:15 PM

    Well this changes everything, now I’m underpaid!!!

    -Victor Cruz

  11. realdealsteel says: Jul 27, 2013 4:19 PM

    Hate to say it but T.O. would be the proper move at this point.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 27, 2013 4:20 PM

    It doesn’t look good. “You see here where it’s bent up and to the left? That is physically impossible…”.

  13. fissels says: Jul 27, 2013 4:21 PM

    Relax Eagles fans. This is the stuff that happens. Somebody needs to step up now.

  14. gopblows says: Jul 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    Didn’t Vick put up a 6 td night versus the Redskins in their building?

  15. seanb20124 says: Jul 27, 2013 4:41 PM

    TO or Ochocincooooo

  16. giantsfan64 says: Jul 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    Have Andy Reid suit up.

  17. giantsfan64 says: Jul 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    Trade for TEBOW

  18. rickyspanish says: Jul 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    I was hoping the “new old” receiver was FredEx, that would’ve been awesome.

  19. jayniner says: Jul 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    Randy Moss is available……just sayin

  20. chrisnyg says: Jul 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Hate the Eagles but hoping this isn’t a serious injury.

  21. cdrion21 says: Jul 27, 2013 5:18 PM

    That sucks. Hate to see injuries at this point into the season. Get well soon Macklin . #HTTR

  22. FlyFromTheInside says: Jul 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    Torn ACL – Done for the year

  23. sportsbastard says: Jul 27, 2013 5:27 PM

    I guess I’m no Chip Kelly, but wouldn’t Brandon Lloyd have made a bit more sense than Dave Ball?

  24. sidepull says: Jul 27, 2013 6:10 PM

    Lots of ACL tears around the NFL right now.
    I guess maybe getting torn ACL’s is not just because the Redskins have poor turf.

  25. trytobnimble says: Jul 27, 2013 6:36 PM

    Sad day for Maclin. The team announced more than two hours ago that it is indeed a torn ACL. Done for the season. Yet no update from PFT. Double insult.

  26. gcsuk says: Jul 27, 2013 8:05 PM

    As a Giants fan and dedicated Eagles hater, hate to hear this news. You would always want teams to play at full strength. Never thought I would say this, but I hope the Eagles just crush the Redskins. Nothing personal, just seems that the Redskins have the most “tool” fans now. Not all of them, just the loudmouths.

  27. 1509lucky says: Jul 27, 2013 9:40 PM

    Maclin and Jackson are NOT part of Kelly’s plan offensively in the future. He’s going to go BIG at receiver and those two don’t fit the bill. Look for Avant,Benn,Cooper and Ertz to be the primary receivers in this offense.

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