On a wet but busy Saturday at the NovaCare complex, wideouts Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith practiced for the first time this preseason.
Maclin's return was expected, after a week of working on his own following medical clearance from a persistent viral illness. Smith, coming back from microfracture knee surgery, was more of a suprise. Smith had to come off the physically unable to perform list in order to practice, and can't go back on; the Eagles will not get a six-week roster exemption for him now. But obviously, they feel he will be able to pklay sometime in that six-week period, if not in the Sept. 11 opener at St. Louis.
Maclin is targeting the opener, in his hometown. "There is no doubt about that, yeah," he said.
"I feel all right conditioningwise, it's just with being out there running routes, I haven't done that in a while, so there's definitely some work I need to do ... I think I'll get back to my normal self pretty soon."