PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You could hear a pin drop.
Jeremy Maclin was down, clutching his right knee, rolling around on the ground.
“Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Oh, no, no, no,” said Eagles radio voice Merrill Reese on 94WIP.
With ten minutes remaining in the second quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game against the Steelers, the Eagles wideout planted his right-foot into the ground while making a cut, hyper-extending his right knee, the same knee he tore last year.
However, somehow Maclin got up, went back to the sidelines, and eventually back into the game.
“My knee feels fine, man,” Maclin said after the game. “It was a scary moment right there. I think God was looking out for me. I think it’s also one of those things that puts more reassurance into everything—my knee is fine—everything is going to be OK.”
“I didn’t see it,” said Eagles coach Chip Kelly. “I just saw him on the ground and I think everybody thought the worst, but he got back up and went back in. He said he was okay. I went out there and [head team physician Peter DeLuca] and [head athletic trainer Chris] Peduzzi were with him and said he was okay, so he went back in.”
Maclin, who missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his ACL, has been dealing with injuries all summer. In fact, Maclin missed the Eagles’ second preseason game against the Patriots with a hamstring injury.
He understands how scary that moment was on Thursday night, not only for fans and teammates, but for himself.
“I realize what I did to myself for about ten seconds there,” Maclin said Thursday night. “I’m just thankful to have gotten up and been able to play, and like I said, my knee feels fine.”
Maclin did finish the game with six catches on eight targets, for a team-high 43-yards in the Eagles’ 31-21 win. Unfortunately, the injury scare overshadowed all of that.
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