Eagles Notes: Receiver Jackson joins Maclin on Eagles injury list

DeSean Jackson's hamstring injury doesn't appear serious, and he may play against the Ravens. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
DeSean Jackson's hamstring injury doesn't appear serious, and he may play against the Ravens. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Posted: September 15, 2012

The Eagles' wide receiver situation appeared to get bleaker Thursday when DeSean Jackson joined Jeremy Maclin on the injury list. Jackson did not practice with a hamstring injury, and Maclin missed his second consecutive day with a hip pointer.

The Jackson injury does not appear serious, and there are still three days before Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles have their final full practice on Friday, and Jackson's status will become clearer then.

Even at that point, though, Maclin's status will likely still be murky. The injury was serious enough earlier in the week for the Eagles to sign Mardy Gilyard to bolster the depth chart, and two days without practice was evidence that the injury lingers. The good news is Maclin has not yet been ruled out.

"It will change it," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said of the Eagles' plans if Maclin is missing. "Maclin is a fine player, and we expect the next player to step up and play at a high level. That workload may be split just a little bit, and we'll see as we go through the work week here."

Division of plays

The discrepancy between passing plays and running plays in last Sunday's game has been an ongoing topic in Philadelphia. Mornhinweg, who calls those plays, defended the distribution (56 pass attempts, 23 rushes by running backs).

Mornhinweg first reminded reporters that the Eagles won the game. He admitted the offense "could have done some other things," but he noted that the Eagles found themselves in first-and-long situations because of penalties.

"It felt like we were backed up just a little bit," Mornhinweg said. "We had 20 carries [for running back LeSean McCoy], and you can always do it differently. You can't go back, replay it, and see what happens. We can't do that."

No worries on Henery

Alex Henery missed a critical, 45-yard field goal Sunday, a point that special-teams coordinator Bobby April readily concedes. But that did not raise April's concern about the Eagles' second-year kicker.

"He's not infallible, but I'm not concerned about infallibility," April said. "I think he'll be fine. There's a couple of things that happened over the course of training camp and everything else. Working with two holders is never really great because there's adaptations and adjustments that you have to make sort of on the fly."

April believes that Henery can have a "great career," and so far, Henery has been remarkably consistent in an Eagles uniform. But there's a difference between a chip shot in the first quarter compared to a pivotal fourth-quarter kick. April is confident enough in Henery's skills and temperament to believe Henery will bounce back.

"I think his mentality is such, too, that things don't weigh on him," April said. "It's pretty hard to be neurotic and do something like that. You've got to have steady nerves. He's almost like a jeweler; everything is very, very fine what he's got to do, and he's got to have the right mentality for that."

Brown impresses

Bryce Brown continues to impress the coaching staff after serving as the No. 2 running back on Sunday. The Eagles backfield is crowded with Dion Lewis and Chris Polk also looking for carries beyond McCoy, but Brown is a significant player to watch.


In addition to Maclin and Jackson, wide receiver Riley Cooper missed practice. Cooper was limited Wednesday, so his recovery from a fractured collarbone appears to have stalled. Cornerback Curtis Marsh was limited for the second consecutive day. . . . The Eagles added wide receiver Jeremy Ebert to the practice squad and released center Chase Beeler. . . . Nnamdi Asomugha will receive the inaugural award as role model of the year from the National Conference on Citizenship on Friday at the National Constitution Center.


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