Coach Chip Kelly said last week that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is “doing fantastic” as he makes his way back from last year’s torn ACL, but those good feelings were put on hold for a moment at Monday’s practice.
As reported almost simultaneously by every media member at the Eagles practice field, Maclin went down to the ground after failing to catch a pass and remained there while grabbing his knee. Silence fell over the field and those who were in attendance at training camp last year likely had a moment of deja vu that came to an end when Maclin got to his feet after about 30 seconds and walked off the field.
It doesn’t appear that Maclin suffered a serious injury. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Maclin said he was fine as he made his way off the field and smiled when he was told that he scared a lot of people.
Maclin will likely get a closer look to make sure that all is indeed well before resuming his on-field work, but absent other knowledge it seems Monday’s scare will be forgotten before too long.