Maclin expects to play against Chicago

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin has missed some drills because of knee soreness, which he termed "not a big deal" and said wouldn't keep him from playing Friday against Chicago. Maclin said his recent knee issues aren't related to the torn ACL that prevented him from playing in 2013. … The high school football season draws closer, as some area teams began practice Wednesday afternoon. Follow the Morning Call's Stephen Miller for updates. … Tiger Woods added to the intrigue Wednesday, arriving at Valhalla Country Club for the PGA Championship. Woods, who withdrew from an event last Sunday because of back spasms, is scheduled to play a practice round this afternoon. He's grouped with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington for Thursday's first round. … Ryan Howard, hero again? He was early Wednesday morning, getting a 15th-inning base hit that lifted the Phillies to a 2-1 win over Houston. The win helped dull the sting of GM Ruben Amaro Jr.'s comments regarding the Phillies' ability to contend in the near future. David Buchanan will pitch for Philadelphia in Cliff Lee's spot tonight. … Eagles cornerback Curtis Marsh says he's making strides at camp in this video from Morning Call reporter Nick Fierro.

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