Maclin Progress?

Posted: August 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 32 Comments »

I”m finally back home.  Normal writing will resume.  I’ll get to all your game questions.

Steve Greenberg of The Sporting News posted an update on Jeremy Maclin.  Greenberg spoke with Jeremy’s older brother Andre Maclin.  Andre says an announcement is definitely coming on Tuesday.  The news sounds optimistic.

“They kind of have us on a gag order until tomorrow. … But he’s fine, he’s fine. That much I can say.”

Asked if he expects Maclin to play for the Eagles this season, the brother said, “I’m confident about that as well.”

It would be great to get some info on exactly what is going on.  It would be even better if we really did get good news and can find out that Maclin is going to return in the near future.

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People are asking about the 53-man roster.  I think we need to see another preseason game to make a good judgment on some guys.  We’ve seen guys in the past shine for a game or struggle for a game and then reverse course.

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Will the Eagles have any interest in a player in the Supplemental Draft?  Not likely.  Adding a rookie at this point wouldn’t make a lot of sense and the eligible players are nothing special, Terrelle Pryor included – if he’s eligible.

32 Comments on “Maclin Progress?”

  1. 1 Randyljobst said at 3:28 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Reminds me a lot of the lockout with both the Maclin and Patterson situations. I hope both guys allow themselves to get 100% healthy before coming back. Health and family comes before football. Sounds like we will both back at some point this season which is great news.

  2. 2 -Triumph- said at 3:51 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Anxious to learn exactly what the deal is with Maclin, rather than just speculating. But obviously it’s somewhat serious or they wouldn’t be so secretive; and yet it’s something that he can get back from and play this year.

    So what came into my head was when David Garrard had a piece of his intestine removed, and then was able to return during the season and play. Something like that.

  3. 3 izzylangfan said at 4:06 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    The Maclin story is a mess you can’t trust anything anybody says. Remember that originally we were supposed to get the report on Monday.

    I like the fact that DeSean says that he will be striving for consistency. Consistency is just what he needs (brillian as he is) and clear, concise speaking from him is a rarity.

    I like listening to both Steve Smith and Nnamdi. They speak clearly, have something to say, and do not reflexively revert to jockspeak. Hope Smith makes up with LeSean, however. Maybe on that point he was a bit ingenuous.

    But the biggest revelation in Eagles forthright speaking was from Michael Vick when he said that he watched some tape and saw that Celek was open all last season and he just didn’t see him or was concentrating on Maclin and Jackson. This is a man facing the entire Eagles nation and telling one on himself. That kind of honesty wins championships.

  4. 4 Name said at 5:19 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Any interest in Aaron Maybin? I’m assuming we don’t need/want him in Philly… so where is he headed? CFL? Arena football?

  5. 5 Matt D said at 5:24 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Call me crazy, but a real possibility here is that no one knows what’s up with Maclin, as opposed to anyone being intentionally secretive. I work in medicine and come from a longstanding medical family. You’d be surprised how little we know, especially about viral infections.

  6. 6 -Triumph- said at 5:53 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Maybin? I can’t imagine where he fits. He’s a 228 lb. pass rusher.

  7. 7 -Triumph- said at 5:55 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Eagles claim OT Jose Acuna off waivers from Dallas and waive OT Joe Toledo.

    Woo Hoo! Super Bowl! 😀

  8. 8 Morton said at 6:17 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Tommy: Quick question about the roster for you… what % chance would you give Philip Hunt staying on the opening day roster?

    I really like the way he’s played so far and I think it would be a real shame if they had to cut him. I actually think I’d rather keep him over, say, Juqua Parker.

  9. 9 Cafone said at 7:44 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    It’s too early for a 53 man roster, but how about a 40 man roster of sure things?

  10. 10 Midnight Greenville said at 8:07 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    I can’t imagine any interest in Maybin given the sheer numbers of good ends we already have. I think what would be really interesting would be what the Eagles would do if the rumors about the Pats cutting Haynesworth are true (even though I doubt they are). They already have what seem to be too many quality DT’s, but would you cut one to add Haynesworth (if he got cut, I think it would be for the veteran minimum) after he couldn’t make the team in New England?

  11. 11 Cliff said at 8:09 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    I don’t know why, but when Maclin’s brother said “they” have them on a “gag order,” I automatically thought HIV.

    What else would the organization require the player and his representatives to be silent about? The team would have to be working with the NFL and its public relations people to figure out a plan of action, as this would be HUGE news.

    Meh, I know this is pure, baseless speculation. I just can’t imagine what else would cause such a big hush-hush.

  12. 12 McG said at 8:19 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    I read some positive press on the D-line coach from NE about how he enjoys working with Fat Al. Could be press to increase his trade value, or could be for real…

  13. 13 ian no. 2 said at 8:47 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    DRC doesn’t like being called DRC which will mess up Eagles discussions if observed. Other possibilities:

    Dr. C
    Antonio Cromartie
    Nicky Crow
    Warren Cromartie
    Dominican Marty
    Warren G. Harding
    Dimitri Patterson
    Mr. Rodgers-Cromartie

  14. 14 ian no. 2 said at 9:11 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    + the less flattering

    French Toast
    Automatic First Down
    Whiffing Cro

  15. 15 eagles nut said at 9:38 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Anything put out about Maclin by any of us is pure speculation. That said to me the best guess based on his symptoms, the difficulty of the diagnosis, the sensitivity of the issue, and the fact that Maclin’s brother indicated he would be fine is Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is basically a severe form of irritable bowel syndrome. In most cases it is manageable by medication. In some instances, surgery is required but even then based on what I’ve read the recovery time is in the 6-8 week range for the average person. Maybe a bit more to resume athletic competition.

  16. 16 mcud said at 10:01 PM on August 15th, 2011:


    That hadn’t occurred to me, but now that you mention it, that’s a really good guess. Isn’t Crohn’s something you carry around your entire life?

  17. 17 eagles nut said at 10:07 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    I’m not a doctor. I just try to play House by reading WebMD. From what I’ve read they usually initially try to treat Crohn’s with a combination of medicines and if that’s not successful then sometimes surgery where they remove a portion of the bowel is necessary. That usually causes the symptoms to go into remission but they can come back later. Medicine is again necessary. David Garrard of the Jaguars has Crohn’s disease. It just seems to fit. Weight loss is one of the main symptoms. It can come and go like happened with Maclin. It’s apparently difficult to diagnose. Plus I can see him not wanting to discuss publicly an illness that affects his bowels.

  18. 18 McG said at 10:45 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    I was previously married to someone with Crohn’s disease… It can be quite debilitating. When untreated it can wreak havoc on a person’s bowels making eating quite a chore, and being in the same room with said person intolerable at times. It is also an auto-immune disorder which means that person will catch just about everything that comes down the pike and take longer to heal.

    Remicade and Humera are the two drugs (both of which are administered intravenously) that seem to hold the greatest promise of effective treatment in my limited experience.

    I have not heard of too many cases where surgery is necessary in such a young person. Eventually if it goes untreated the result can be a colostomy bag.

    A modified diet and proper medication can lead to a pretty normal lifestyle. I’m not sure what effect being an elite athlete has on the disease (obviously). But if he has Crohn’s and got some other illness (say pneumonia or mono) it would make the diagnosis all the trickier (it’s already hard because so many people experience abdominal pain) and it would also result in extreme weight and muscle loss (I would assume) which could make it difficult to project Mac as a top athlete this year.

    Just a few thoughts….

  19. 19 Stan said at 10:53 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Come on guys. If they guy had aids would he really be talking about getting back on the feild? Would he really need like 5 tests to diagnose his symptoms. I am willing to bet the life your next unborn great grandson that Maclin doesn’t have aids.

  20. 20 mcud said at 11:23 PM on August 15th, 2011:


    One of us said AIDS. I don’t think the rest of us think that is even a remote possibility.

  21. 21 Matt D said at 11:27 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Seriously. AIDS? Come on. And Crohn’s is a heavy duty diagnosis to toss around on pure speculation. Just sit back and wait to get more intormation. Just know that (a) we might not ever find out, and (b) that could very well be because the doctors don’t know because that’s just how medicine works.

  22. 22 McG said at 11:33 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    Doctors are just highly paid mechanics… That’s not the problem… let’s try this… nope… how about this… nope… hmm… maybe it’s… etc.

  23. 23 McG said at 11:35 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    no offense meant. It’s just that human beings and the variety of diseases makes it almost impossible to get things nailed down on the first try… who knows maybe Maclin has some new disease that hasn’t even been discovered until now!

  24. 24 Flyin' said at 11:54 PM on August 15th, 2011:

    i am happy to hear of the positive reports about maclin and patterson. i will hope for the best, and wait to hear about the details when they are presented. speculating on these issues is not in my interest.

  25. 25 Flyin' said at 12:02 AM on August 16th, 2011:


    not sure if you are referring to past experiences with the medical community, but i have dealt with it with my son and my late mom. i have plenty to say on the subject…but won’t.

    let’s get back to Eagles football!

  26. 26 ATG said at 12:25 AM on August 16th, 2011:

    @ Matt

    Thanks, that will be reassuring the next time I am at a doctor’s office.

    re: speculation

    Come on guys, I know it is fun to hope you figure out the ending before it is revealed, but this is a real person. Let’s wait and see.

    @ Stan

    While throwing AIDS into the discussion is as baseless as everything else, Magic was able to continue his career.

  27. 27 McG said at 12:41 AM on August 16th, 2011:

    Can we go with D-Rod?

  28. 28 McG said at 12:46 AM on August 16th, 2011:

    personally, I am hoping and praying that it is nothing serious for Maclin. He’s an important part of the team for sure, but his life is way more important. (which is why I for one wanted to see Brian Westbrook retire after those concussions). When it comes down to it, at the end of the day football is just a game.

  29. 29 -Triumph- said at 12:49 AM on August 16th, 2011:

    Note that in my first comment I mentioned David Garrard… and his condition was indeed Crohn’s.

  30. 30 iskar36 said at 1:54 AM on August 16th, 2011:

    @Matt D

    I fully agree with you. I honestly think the public/media reaction to all of this is because they expect an answer and the lack of any kind of answer fuels speculation that it must be something awful. While it’s an understandable reaction, I don’t think it is necessarily the correct one. The reality is, while it COULD be something bad, it just as likely could be exactly what the FO and Maclin have said about it all along. It is very possible that he has some form of infectious disease that has simply not been diagnosed. Infectious diseases can also range from having very mild-to-no symptoms to obviously very severe symptoms, but based on the comments from today, you would imagine that it is certainly not life threatening or even career threatening. Hopefully we find out more details tomorrow and that those details are positive.

  31. 31 Matt D said at 11:28 AM on August 16th, 2011:


    Ha! Yeah. I know it sucks to know that doctors are as fallible as the rest of us. However, they also spend their jobs, day in and day out, working with conditions, symptoms, and the like. Their chances of knowing what’s up are simply greater than ours- no more, no less. In a way, it’s kind of like football (see what I did there?), you can have the best QB in the world, and all you did was improve your odds, because there are still too many factors out of our control. In Maclin’s case, it really does seem like they don’t know, and we’ll just have to wait. If it were a ligament tear or broken bone, an x-ray or MRI could clear it up in a heart beat, but that just doesn’t seem the case.

    BTW- I just had a medical experience myself this past month. I had the strangest fatigue in my muscles, a definitive fuzzy feeling in my head, 4 insect bite marks on my shoulder blade, a 6-inch rash, and my wife noticing a clear difference in my demeanor. I went to the doctor (last time I went was in 2005 when a tree fell on my car while driving, so you know it had to be serious…). I knew before I went that (a) ticks don’t bite 4x’s, so it’s probably not Lyme’s, and (b) spiders in this area don’t bite. So the doctors would probably be at a loss. I was right. I saw 4 nurses, 3 doctors, and a PA. I got no diagnosis and a heavy-duty antibiotic for precaution. I’m sure we all have our own stories because, well *shrug* sometimes life really is bigger than all of us. I’m OK a month later and here’s hoping the same for Maclin.

  32. 32 Matt said at 1:52 AM on August 17th, 2011:

    So maybe its not cancer