Maclin limited at practice

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

Jeremy Maclin was a limited practice participant on Thursday, but the Eagles wide receiver told reporters earlier in the day that he expected to play Sunday against the 49ers.

Maclin suffered a hamstring strain Sunday against the Giants and sat out Wednesday's practice.

Defensive end Darryl Tapp (pectoral strain) was also limited. Defensive end Juqua Parker (high ankle sprain) and cornerback Brandon Hughes (hamstring strain) did not practice for the second straight day.

Quarterback Michael Vick (hand) was a full practice participant for the second straight day.


Jeremy Maclin was suited up for Thursday's afternoon practice after participating in a morning walk through, a positive sign for his availability Sunday. We'll check in with him after practice to see how his hamstring feels after injuring it Sunday.

He sat out Wednesday's practice.


Juan Castillo talked about the latest version of linebacker musical chairs today, praising Brian Rolle as an explosive playmaker.

"You see his athletic ability, he's an explosive player and he makes plays," Castillo said.

He said Rolle was still learning in the preseason, helping explain why he might not have challenged for a starting job earlier.

"The guys that play the best, those are the guys that are going to play," Castillo said.

He downplayed the need for continuity among the linebackers. The Eagles haven't had any for years.

"The key is for them to make plays when they're in there and hit their gaps that they're responsible for and everything will take care of itself," he said.

Castillo insisted that the linebackers on this team have Pro Bowl potential.

"It's time for us as coacehs to develop them and for them as players to make plays," Castillo said.


Either Jaiquawn Jarrett or Curtis Marsh will get a shot on special teams this weekend with cornerback Brandon Hughes likely out with a hamstring injury. Neither has dressed yet for a game. Castillo was asked about Jarrett's progress. His answer didn't make it sound like the second round pick will be on the field playing defense very soon.

"He's coming along, learning the scheme and in time he'll be able to compete," Castillo said.

Kurt Coleman talked to reporters for the first time since being benched. He described the missed tackle on Victor Cruz that allowed a Giants touchdown and cost him his starting job.


Kurt Coleman described the missed tackle that led to his benching: "I just didn't hit him as flush as I wanted to. I hit him kind of on the side. If I hit him flush I think he would have gone down. But I didn't and the rest is history."