After being carted off the Philadelphia Eagles practice field on Saturday, it has been confirmed that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.
#Eagles announce WR Jeremy Maclin has a torn ACL in his right knee.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 27, 2013
The loss is significant for the Eagles and new head coach Chip Kelly. Maclin is a playmaking wide receiver who seamlessly fits into Kelly’s offensive system that he is currently installing in his first season with the franchise.
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.
Nick Foles, Michael Vick and Matt Barkley are all actively vying for the starting quarterback position, and whoever wins will be tasked with developing another go-to receiver.
The hit to Maclin may prove even more costly as he is a free agent in 2014, making this the ever-important contract season.