PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles – the Ravens’ next opponent this Sunday – have yet to take the practice field here at the organization’s training facility, but coach Andy Reid has already informed the media that wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will not take part in Thursday’s practice.
Reid announced that Jackson is dealing with a sore hamstring. Maclin did not practice Wednesday after suffering a hip pointer in the team’s 17-16 win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday.
Their status for this Sunday’s contest is unclear, but offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg did concede that not having Maclin – who appears to be the more doubtful of the duo – could impact the Eagles’ aerial plans.
“It will change it,” Mornhinweg said during his weekly briefing with media Thursday morning. “Maclin’s a fine player. We expect the next player to step up and play at a high level, and that workload may be split just a little bit. We’ll see as we go through the work week here.”
if Jackson and Maclin can’t play, that would seem to open the door for Jason Avant and Mardy Gilyard. Avant, the usual No. 3 receiver, set career highs in catches (52) and yards (679) last year. Gilyard, who was signed Tuesday after getting cut before the start of the regular season, impressed the coaches with nine receptions for 151 yards in the preseason.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun