Eagles Notes: Brother says Maclin is fine

Jeremy Maclin was sent home for further testing last week.The team reportedly will address his illness on Tuesday.
Jeremy Maclin was sent home for further testing last week.The team reportedly will address his illness on Tuesday. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 16, 2011

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Jeremy Maclin's brother said that the Eagles wide receiver is "fine" and that an announcement on his unidentified illness will be made on Tuesday.

"When I say definitely, we definitely will have some news tomorrow," Andre Maclin told the Sporting News. "That's when we find out exactly what's going on and when [the Maclin family] will address it and talk."

Eagles coach Andy Reid had no comment.

Maclin, who has missed all of training camp due to the illness, returned home to St. Louis last week to undergo further testing. On Thursday, Reid said the Eagles did not know what the receiver's illness was, but that he was still optimistic Maclin would be back for the start of the season.

Maclin reported to camp late and when he arrived he looked noticeably thinner than he had a few months earlier. In April, he said he had lost 15 pounds after enduring "mono-like" symptoms. A few months later he said he regained all of the weight.

The mystery surrounding Maclin's illness has led to mass speculation on the Internet and other outlets that the Eagles 2009 No. 1 draft pick may be suffering from a career-threatening disease.

"They kind of have us on a gag order until tomorrow . . . But he's fine, he's fine. That much I can say," Andre Maclin said.

Smith by Week 1?

Steve Smith said that he may be able to start practicing by Week 1.

The former New York Giants receiver, signed as a free agent Wednesday, is recovering from December microfracture knee surgery. Smith's been in camp since Saturday working out with the Eagles' other injured players, but he does not expect to play in the preseason.

"Probably not," Smith said. "Maybe Week 1 - maybe that's when I'll start practicing."

Smith said that he expected to start the season on the 53-man roster, rather than remain on the Physically Unable to Perform List. Players on PUP at the start of the season can't play any earlier than Game 7.

But he said his knee is still not 100 percent.

"It just feels like it's weaker than the other one but it feels great when I'm running and cutting," Smith said.

Reid on his WIP radio show said that Smith could play in a game by Week 2.

Smith is also trying to smooth things over with new teammate LeSean McCoy. The Eagles running back was embroiled in a summer Twitter war with Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora when Smith jumped into the fray with a few choice words and a visual reminder of the Eagles empty trophy case.

"I talked to him the first day and told him that was all a joke, that was all Twitter stuff," Smith.

McCoy said Sunday that he hadn't met Smith yet and that he "didn't even know what he looks like."

"It's going to take a little time," Smith said when asked if McCoy accepted his apology. "He wasn't the happiest."

McCoy suited up for practice Monday, but did not participate in any drills.

"We just backed him off . . . so he can get his legs back," Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.

Extra points

The rest of the injury report remained the same: tackle Ryan Harris (back), defensive end Juqua Parker (calf), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (back), defensive tackle Trevor Laws (hip), defensive tackle Mike Patterson (seizure), linebacker Greg Lloyd (ankle), tackle Fenuki Tupou (knee), tackle Winston Justice (knee) and defensive end Brandon Graham (knee) all did not practice. . . . Tuesday's afternoon practice and Wednesday's mock game were canceled. Players will break camp following a shortened Tuesday morning practice. Reid felt the players had earned some extra time off. . . . The Eagles picked up tackle Jose Acuna off waivers from the Cowboys and cut tackle Joey Toledo. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Acuna was signed by Dallas as a rookie free agent.

Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745, jmclane@phillynews.com or @Jeff_McLane on Twitter.

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