Report: Jeremy Maclin carted off field with apparent leg injury during training camp

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was carted off the practice field during Saturday’s training camp practice. Maclin suffered an apparent right leg injury during 7-on-7 drills, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The five-year NFL veteran reportedly had his face covered in a towel as he lay on the ground for more than five minutes. During that time, newly hired coach Chip Kelly remained near him and trainers attended to his leg while all awaited the arrival of the stretcher.

Maclin was a beacon of consistency during a tumultuous and ultimately disappointing season for the Eagles in 2012. He amassed 69 receptions, 857 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago, after averaging 65 catches and 863 yards per campaign through his first four years in the NFL.

If Maclin is out for an extended period of time, the job of rebuilding the team’s offense in the go-go mode of Kelly’s liking becomes that much more difficult. Maclin is being counted on to be the team’s No. 2 receiver behind DeSean Jackson.

Philadelphia still does not know who will be throwing to either of them or anyone else, however. The quarterbacking competition between Nick Foles, Michael Vick and Matt Barkley is on.