Saturday, February 13, 2016

Maclin won't practice Weds; injury updates; Reynolds on 'Dallas'

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered another hip contusion and is unlikely to practice Wednesday, Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Maclin won't practice Weds; injury updates; Reynolds on 'Dallas'

Jeremy Maclin caught a 23-yard touchdown pass against the Ravens on Sunday. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Jeremy Maclin caught a 23-yard touchdown pass against the Ravens on Sunday. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered another hip contusion and is unlikely to practice Wednesday, Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Maclin has not been ruled out for Sunday's game at Arizona. He suffered a similar injury in the opener against the Browns but was able to play against the Ravens Sunday. Maclin caught only one pass -- a 23-yard touchdown -- before injuring his hip again near the first contusion.

The Eagles remain light at receiver. Reid said that Riley Cooper (broken collarbone) is still not ready to play and won't travel to Arizona. DeSean Jackson suffered a hamstring spasm, but did return to finish Sunday's game. He was questionable heading into the game with a hamstring injury.

Jason Avant reaggravated his wrist contusion. Rookie Damaris Johnson and Mardy Gilyard are the only healthy receivers on the Eagles active roster.

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-- King Dunlap has a hamstring strain. Reid said the tackle will struggle to play Sunday. If he was available, the coach said Dunlap would still start. Nevertheless, it appears as if Demetress Bell will earn his first start with the Eagles at left tackle.

-- Safety Colt Anderson hyperextended his knee. Reid said it was the opposite knee from the one Anderson tore the ACL in last December.

-- Defensive end Jason Babin has an abdominal strain. Safety Nate Allen has a shoulder contusion. Cornerback Curtis Marsh, who was not active Sunday, is recovering from a hamstring strain.


For the next month or so, and possibly for the remainder of the season, Eagles fans may not want to chant, "Dallas sucks."

OK, maybe that's a stretch.

But with center Jason Kelce sidelined for at least the next month with tears of the ACL and MCL in his right knee, there's a "Dallas" fans want to perform as well as any Eagles player.

Dallas Reynolds will make his first career start Sunday in place of Kelce and could be the man in the middle of the Eagles' offensive line for the rest of the season.

"I've been looking forward to this moment for a long time," Reynolds said Monday. "A few years on practice squad and now to be acticve, and now to have a chance to play and start. I'm excited for the opportunity."

Reynolds spent most of the last three seasons on the Eagles practice squad. Some thought his spot was reserved because he played college football at BYU, Andy Reid's alma mater. He had no practice squad eligibility remaining this year, however, and had to make the 53-man roster to stick around.

"You do think about it going into training camp," Reynolds said. "This is your year to make it."

Turns out his BYU connection may not have been the only reason he hung around. Reynolds made the team and he fared reasonably well jumping in for Kelce as the Eagles came back to beat the Ravens, 24-23, on Sunday.

Reynolds said he gets the awkwardness of having a first name that is the same as the city of the Eagles' most hated rival. He said some fans have come up to him and kiddingly asked him to use his middle name (It's James) instead of Dallas.

"I'll stick with it," Reynolds said of his first name.

It took him a while to understand the intensity of the divisional rivalry.

"One of the first years I was in training camp, I walked into the team room and on the white board it said, 'Dallas sucks,'" Reynolds said. "At least, I thought, 'That's kind of a hard thing to come into.' I've come to understand what they're talking about."

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