Rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said Wednesday that he'd be ready to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg confirmed it today.
"He's fine," Mornhinweg said. "He looks good, so we'll see how the week goes on."
Maclin missed the Eagles' game Sunday against San Francisco because of a plantar fasciitis injury in his left foot that he aggravated early in a game against the New York Giants. Mornhinweg indicated that if Maclin doesn't have any setbacks, he'll return to the starting lineup against the Broncos.
"I would think so," Mornhinweg said. "Our training staff is like magicians. That was a serious injury and he's looking pretty good right now."
In other news, special teams coordinator Ted Daisher said it's still not clear if Quintin Demps or Macho Harris will return kicks Sunday. Demps is nursing an ankle injury.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, meanwhile, said that rookie Moises Fokou would start ahead of Chris Gocong for the second straight week. Fokou was announced as the starter against San Francisco, but he didn't actually start or play a lot because the Eagles ran a nickel defense the majority of the time, which includes just two linebackers. McDermott said that nickel scheme was game specific to the 49ers and designed to slow down San Francisco tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker.
McDermott, of course, has used a variety of linebacker combinations this season, but this is the first time that Gocong has not been in the mix.
"We have so many movable parts that I'm not just going to sit back and say I wish would have or I didn't want to move a guy because I'm comfortable," McDermott said. "It's about having our best 11 on the field and giving our team a chance to win a football game. Whatever we feel as a staff that requires that's what we'll do. I think the players, to their credit, have embraced that. We're getting direct contributions from the Tracy Whites, the Dimitri Pattersons and the Jason Babins and there are those skill sets that those guys have that can add value to this defense and we're trying to exhaust that."
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