'Limited" Practice for Maclin; He Says He'll Play

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Jeremy Maclin participated in Thursday's morning walk through. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Update: The Eagles listed Jeremy Maclin as a "limited" practice participant today. He was not available for comment afterward.

Earlier: Wideout Jeremy Maclin was putting on his equipment and said he planned to practice today as the Eagles prepare for Sunday's encounter with the San Francisco 49ers.

Maclin is the Birds' leading receiver, with 19 catches for 260 yards through three games. He suffered a hamstring injury last Sunday on the same play on which quarterback Michael Vick suffered a bruised right hand.

"It's doing all right," Maclin said. "We'll continue to treat, ease me in in the next couple of days."

Teammates said yesterday they thought Maclin stood a good chance of playing this week. He declined comment then.

Asked today if he could play on the leg right now, if this were gameday, Maclin said: "I think so."

Can he really be sure he isn't courting a much longer-term injury, playing this week?

"I wouldn't do anything to jeopardize the team. If it feels good, like it does now, and I feel like I can go, I'll go," Maclin said.

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Several players, including Maclin, said "you gotta be a surgeon" when asked about bringing more consistency to the Birds' potent offense. Apparently there is an emphasis this week on detailing your work, being efficient

"The details in the critical situations hurt our guys just a little bit," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said, in reference to last Sunday's loss to the Giants. "We need to be more consistent."

On short yardage, Mornhinweg said, the main problem was that the 2 goalline QB sneaks should have worked and didn't.

Mornhinweg was asked about Michael Vick's complaints regarding unflagged hits.

 "There's been a couple that very well could have been called," Mornhinweg said. "I've had great experience with this, with Steve Young, Brett Favre, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick -- active quarterbacks don't quite get calls. That's the way it is. It's natural. Heck, if I was the referee, I'd probably call it the same way. When you're movin' and groovin', even when you're in the pocket, you don't get quite the calls. And Mike's got some calls. That's life. Some things aren't fair ... We've got to deal with that. I've coached a lot of active quarterbacks, and it's always been the same."

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Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said his new WIL linebacker, rookie Brian Rolle, "is an explosive player, and he makes plays ... We're really just trying to use all our talent."

Asked if he is looking for Casey Matthew to work his way back into a starting role, Castillo said he wants to make sure the best players play.

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Special teams coordinator Bobby April was proud of how his unit worked kicking a 38-yard field goal in the scrambly, no time-out situation at the end of the first half. In particular, April lauded holder Chas Henry, who tracked the progress of quarterback Michael Vick, belatedly getting off the field. Henry got the snap before the gun and avoided a too-many-men-on-the-field penalty.

"We had a player that was kind of staying on the field a little longer than he needed to. And I think Chas did a great job of watching the clock and watching him get off," April said. "It took a lot of poise to make that play."

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