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Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin Tears ACL, Out For The Year

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This is a crushing blow for Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles. Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images.
This is a crushing blow for Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles. Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images.

The Philadelphia Eagles offense just took a major blow.

According to Adam Caplan, WR Jeremy Maclin is done for the year after tearing his ACL. The injury occurred in practice

This is a devastating blow for both Maclin and the Eagles. Maclin is in a contract year, and he’s losing an opportunity to earn big bucks once he becomes a free agent in 2014. And the Eagles offense, now under the guidance of Chip Kelly, will have to adjust with the loss of their No. 2 receiver.

“Jeremy’s a heck of a player,” G.M. Howie Roseman told Reuben Frank of CSN Philly. “Great character, hard worker, he had a great offseason, and it’s disappointing for him, and it’s disappointing for us.”

DeSean Jackson immediately becomes the focal point of the Eagles’ aerial attack. The team doesn’t have a lot of depth behind Jackson, but G.M. Howie Roseman seems confident in finding a replacement. They already added Dave Ball to the 90-man roster, but they may not be done yet with players like Laurent Robinson and Brandon Lloyd still out on the market.

“You want your young players to grow and develop, and that’s why you keep young players on your roster,” Roseman said.  “You look at the good teams in this league, that’s what they do with their players.  They develop them, they groom them, then they give them an opportunity.

“So sitting here, it’s not even August, we have a lot of reps to evaluate our team, and it doesn’t mean we’re not going to look for ways to improve.  But at the end of the day, you have to show confidence in the players that you brought in.”