Maclin rips right knee; contract year looms

Philadelphia Eagles' Jeremy Maclin arrives at NFL football training camp in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Update 5:40 p.m.: Eagles wide reciever Jeremy Maclin has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the entire season. 

Michael Vick said he saw Jeremy Maclin go down out of the corner of his eye, Maclin crumpling only a step or two off the line of scrimmage during a 7-on-7 drill Saturday in the second day of full-squad activity at NovaCare.

"Usually when a guy falls like that, it's something to be worried about," Vick said as Maclin's right knee was undergoing tests. The obvious fear is an ACL tear, which would end Maclin's season before it began. This would be particularly unfortunate, given that Maclin is in the final season of his rookie contract, and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next spring.

The way Maclin went down brought back memories of the Correll Bucklhalter ACL tear, also at NovaCare, during minicamp in spring 2002. Buckhalter missed that season.

When Maclin reported to camp on Thursday, he was questioned about the status of contract talks -- he said there haven't been any -- and about why he didn't consider staying home a while to try to force something. Maclin told reporters to look up how such maneuvers have worked out for receivers in the past.

But obviously, reporting and hoping you stay healthy to get the contract you feel you deserve has its downside, as well.

"This was a big year for Maclin; he absolutely understood that," Vick said, already speaking in the past tense.

"He just came off the line of scrimmage. It looked like his knee just kind of buckled on him a little bit," wideout DeSean Jackson said after Maclin rode off the field on the back of a cart, obviously distraught, holding a towel to his face. "Hopefully it's not too bad, he can get back out here and play with us this year."

Maclin, 25, was drafted 19th overall by the Eagles in 2009, after they traded up from 21st. He has been a dependable receiver, if not quite the star the Eagles envisioned, playing in 59 of a possible 64 games over four seasons and enduring a strange illness that raised cancer fears in the 2011 offseason. Maclin's 258 catches are the most through the first four seasons of any Eagle in franchise history.

Maclin is scheduled to make $1.6 million in the final season of a five-year, $12.775 million contract.

Riley Cooper took Maclin's reps after Maclin left the field. It's unlikely the Eagles will make any offensive alterations, or look to somehow bring in a high-profile wideout, which would be hard to do at this point.

Suddenly, it seems like a bigger deal that WR Arrelious Benn, who suffered a left knee injury Friday, was able to ride an exercise bike during practice Saturday with his leg wrapped.