Friday, September 21, 2012

Loss of Maclin big issue for Eagles

The Eagles play the Arizona Cardinals Sunday without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and offensive tackle King Dunlap, who have been ruled out by head coach Andy Reid.

Maclin suffered a hip contusion on top of the hip pointer he had entering last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. He was limited in practice Thursday. The trip to Phoenix obviously wasn’t going to ease the swelling.

“He didn’t really make any improvement from yesterday,” Reid said. “We didn’t have him do much yesterday and he really didn’t make any improvements so we’re going to give him the week off here to make sure we get that thing back.”

The Eagles also will make the trip without wide receiver Riley Cooper, who fractured his collarbone early in training camp. Cooper could return next week according to Reid.

That leaves the Eagles with DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson and the newly signed Mardy Gilyard at wide receiver.

For now the Eagles aren’t willing to commit to a starter. Don't be surprised if they play more two right end sets with Brent Celek and Clay Harbor.
Below, Dunlap is out.


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