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Maclin has torn ACL

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The news is as bad as it can be for receiver Jeremy Maclin.

The Eagles have announced that Maclin has torn the ACL in his right knee.  He’ll most likely be placed on injured reserve, ending his 2013 season.  (However, Hall of Famer Rod Woodson once tore an ACL in Week One and then played in the Super Bowl.)

The timing helps both the Eagles and Maclin because the team has a full and fair chance to find a replacement, and Maclin has a full and fair chance to recover before he becomes a free agent in March 2014.

Still, it won’t help Maclin’s prospects for getting paid.  With fewer teams spending big money on free agents, Maclin will at best get a contract that requires him to prove in the first year that he’s healthy, with the team holding the ability via an option or roster bonus to keep him beyond 2014.

As a result, he’d be better off signing a one-year deal, proving he’s fine next year, and hitting the market in 2015.

UPDATE 5:38 p.m. ET:  Despite earlier reports that Maclin also may have torn the MCL, a league source tells PFT that Maclin’s MCL and PCL are not damaged.

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29 Responses to “Maclin has torn ACL”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 27, 2013 5:38 PM

    Adrian Peterson, hit him up with that juice!

  2. thegreatestofalltimes says: Jul 27, 2013 5:40 PM

    Well, this bit of news has ruined my day. Always sucks to lose the most important WR on the team who frees up Jackson. Get well soon, Jeremy.

    Time to open the wallet and sign a decent WR!

  3. pathsovglory says: Jul 27, 2013 5:40 PM

    Condolences Eagles fans.

    Next man up!

  4. lowerprovidencewarriors says: Jul 27, 2013 5:42 PM

    He has always been soft. Good riddance to bad baggage.

  5. floratiotime says: Jul 27, 2013 5:44 PM

    Not an Eagles fan here, but listening to Redskins fans gloating about this on earlier threads is pretty disgusting.

  6. FlyFromTheInside says: Jul 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    Wow, Serious blow to the eagles WR depth chart. Maclin was their best receiver. Jackson is a one-trick pony. They will need to make a trade for a vet.

  7. godblessfootball says: Jul 27, 2013 5:48 PM

    Praying for maclin to have a full and complete recovery

  8. cglacius says: Jul 27, 2013 5:50 PM

    Poor Maclin…If I were Vick, I would beg them to trade me to Cincy….

  9. mikelitoris1 says: Jul 27, 2013 5:57 PM

    Hey Titans, what do you want for Kenny Britt?

  10. dlr4skins says: Jul 27, 2013 6:07 PM

    Too bad he’s not the freak of an athlete like RG3…

  11. jlopez856 says: Jul 27, 2013 6:28 PM

    Yea.. This really sucks!!!

  12. nfl4days says: Jul 27, 2013 6:48 PM

    This is Devastating for the eagles. No matter who the QB is. I honestly think they just need to blow it up and rebuild with nick foles. Theres is no way theyre gonna win a superbowl with the roster they have right now. Im not even sure they can break even.

  13. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 27, 2013 7:08 PM

    There’s now possible way he can be recovered and play in the Super Bowl.

    There are rules barring trading of injured players.

  14. defscottyb says: Jul 27, 2013 7:13 PM

    Sign TO to a one year league minimum deal.

  15. cardsfann1 says: Jul 27, 2013 7:16 PM

    Riley Cooper has a spot now after all…

  16. aaronfraudgers says: Jul 27, 2013 7:28 PM

    Maclin looked Aaron Rodgers in the eye and said he didn’t tear anything.

  17. kerryc21realty says: Jul 27, 2013 7:45 PM

    I’m a skins fan but I hate to see any player get an injury like that, especially at the beginning of camp. Hope he makes a comeback

  18. vikes1980 says: Jul 27, 2013 7:49 PM

    and as far as Maclins injury, it is going to change the eagles entire season, the best player they have is gone, the QB position is a joke and that defense is below mediocre…tough to be an eagles fan

  19. cowboys317row9 says: Jul 27, 2013 8:18 PM

    Tough break Eagles. Hate to see any player lose their season. We lost one so we feel your loss. Hope to see JMac make a full return

  20. prosportswashington says: Jul 27, 2013 8:44 PM

    No matter what team you support, it’s never good to hear that somebody has injured themself. This is their livelihood (no matter how well paid they are) and more importantly its their body

  21. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 27, 2013 8:51 PM

    Maclin’s right knee just cost him upwards of $10 Million. Lets hope he’s healthy next season whether he’s with the Birds or not..

  22. hatesycophants says: Jul 27, 2013 8:56 PM

    No decent fan wants to see this happen to a player, but that aaronfraudgers comment is very, very funny.

  23. bigpappagreek says: Jul 27, 2013 9:12 PM

    That really sucks for him and the eagles

  24. garryjercia says: Jul 27, 2013 9:42 PM

    Really? Y’all think Maclin is better than McCoy. Ok.
    Huge loss nonetheless. But he’s not their best player.

  25. procre8te says: Jul 27, 2013 10:35 PM

    Not sure what skins fans were gloating about it, but I would call them more trolls than skins fans. I’m a DIEHARD skins fan, and I think it sucks that J-Mac is hurt. Knowing how weak it was when I heard people celebrating RG3’s Injury, would never wish that on another team.

  26. jdphx says: Jul 28, 2013 1:07 AM

    No one is mentioning Jason Avant.
    He’s a pro’s pro, and I bet Chip Kelly puts him position to have a career year!

  27. philadelphiafan says: Jul 28, 2013 4:38 PM

    Yes, Avant is very consistent but he’s far too slow to play on the outside. He also doesn’t have the height. The one advantage to having Avant on the outside is his blocking. Avant’s made a great career out of being a slot receiver with some of the best hands in the game. Maybe the Birds go out and sign a veteran like Brandon Lloyd, but I’d really love to see what Cooper can do when given a chance. Get well soon Mac.

  28. bigblackanvil says: Jul 29, 2013 8:19 AM

    As a Redskins fan I am sincerely saddened to see Maclin go down. But the problem is not that he is soft as someone posted. The problem is that these players are over worked and over trained. They have hulking muscles in places that the the human body was not meant to develop. You can beef up all you want but you can not beef up a tendon or ligament. some of the new training techniques give players agility and explosion but they reek havoc on their joints. It’s time the NFL look into trimming some of these off season programs. Just my two cents…HTTR

  29. tiger2471 says: Jul 29, 2013 5:08 PM

    If a Skins fan was gloating please post it, don’t make false statements! I’m a Skins fan and I don’t want to see any player injured and out for the year no matter what team they are on, c’mon man, DMV fans have more class than that.

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