Eagles Won’t Have Jeremy Maclin Or King Dunlap On SundayBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Friday, September 21st, 2012
We learned today that the Eagles will be going to battle against the Arizona Cardinals without the services of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and offensive left tackle King Dunlap. We had known Dunlap was unlikely to go all week long, but the Birds were holding out hope that Maclin would be able to go.
According to Eagles head coach Andy Reid, Maclin just wasnt’ making quick enough recovery for this game. The former Missouri Tiger is recovering from a hip flexor injury which he suffered in the Cleveland Browns game, then re-injured in the Baltimore Ravens contest.
Dunlap injured his hamstring against the Ravens and was replaced by Demetress Bell, who was brought here in the off season to replaced injured Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. Bell did a good job as Dunlap’s replacement against the Ravens, hopefully he will do just as good of a job versus the Cardinals.
Rookie wide receiver Damaris Johnson will step in for Maclin at times, but slot receiver Jason Avant will step in there at other times. I think Johnson will take Maclin’s position when they’re doing something which requires speed. At other times, they might need more size, then Avant will step in and take Maclin’s place.
The combination of Johnson and DeSean Jackson are two small receivers, who are extremely quick and fast, they could create problems for the Cardinals, but you can be sure that the Arizona secondary will try to intimidate them.
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is still recovering for a fractured collarbone and will miss the Cardinals game as well.
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