By Ed Benkin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles welcomed back two of their offensive stars three days before their third preseason game.

Running back LeSean McCoy and Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin both practiced on Monday.  Maclin had missed the past week with a slight hamstring injury, but appears ready to go for Thursday’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McCoy missed Sunday’s practice, and many believed he was simply given the day off.  However, McCoy said after Monday’s practice it was an injury which kept him sidelined.

“My toe was really bothering me during the game (Friday),” said McCoy.  “It was real, real sore a couple of days before that.  I was just trying to play through it.  It was actually really hurting pretty bad, but I got an MRI and x-rays and it was fine.”

McCoy said he felt much better and is confident he will be able to play on Thursday. He elaborated on the severity of the injury but remained confident that it won’t be a lingering issue.

“A small version of turf toe,” McCoy said.  “I don’t think it’s severe or serious.  It just was bothering me.”

Maclin’s hamstring problem was not related to the knee injury which sidelined him for the 2013 season.  Maclin said his has completely recovered from his ACL tear he suffered last summer in camp.

“It’s part of the training camp grind,” said Maclin.  “My knee’s feeling really, really good.  On Tuesday last week in New England, I felt probably the best I’ve felt since my surgery.  I’ve always felt good, but I’m at that point now where there’s no worries.”

Maclin doesn’t believe it will be hard to get back into the rhythm pf the offense when he takes the field on Thursday. Both Maclin and McCoy are eager to get in the game on Thursday with the top players likely to sit out the final preseason game on September 28th.

“It’s never something to be happy about,” McCoy said.  “Missing a day of work can be frustrating.”

The Eagles will hold a walk through on Tuesday.

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