Maclin and Smith practice

Hurricane Irene has been downgraded, but the big news blowing through the NovaCare Complex was the return of Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith.

The Eagles wide receivers both practiced Saturday for the first time since the start of training camp, according to the team. The walkthrough is closed to the media.

Maclin had been out with a virus since the start of camp, but was cleared last week of having a more serious illness. He missed all of camp at Lehigh University as he underwent testing and awaited results. Doctors had feared that Maclin had lymphoma.

Maclin reiterated that there was no doubt in his mind that he will be back for the opener on Sept. 11.

"If this was a regular season game coming up this Thursday I would play in it," Maclin said of the N.Y. Jets preseason game.

Smith is coming off December microfracture knee surgery and has only been able to work out since the Eagles signed the former Giant as a free agent on Aug. 10. He was placed on the Physically Unable List but is now on the active roster and could be ready for the start of the season.

"I think I would be able to," Smith said. "It's just a matter of what the coaches and what the trainers want me to do, but I’m feeling good, as long as we have no setbacks that’s what I’m shooting for."

Both will be welcomed into the fold by the Eagles, especially quarterback Michael Vick. In Thursday's preseason game against the Browns, only one of Vick's eight completions went to a wideout.


-- Click here to read our post on Todd Herremans moving to right tackle and Evan Mathis taking his place at LG, and on Jason Kelce still starting at center.

-- Tight end Brent Celek (hip) and defensive end Juqua Parker (calf) did not practice. Reid said that Celek received an injection for inflammation but should be OK.

-- Defensive tackles Antonio Dixon (back spasms) and Trevor Laws (hip flexor) returned to practice, although Saturday's session was a light practice. Linebacker Greg Lloyd (high ankle sprain), defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (hamstring strain), tackle Fenuki Tupou (knee sprain) and cornerback Jamar Wall (groin) also returned to practice.