FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –- Jeremy Maclin and running backs Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker and David Fluellen are among the notable Eagles not participating in the Thursday morning walkthrough with the Patriots.
That means they almost certainly won’t play Friday evening when the Eagles face the Patriots in a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. All are nursing hamstring injuries.
Maclin, who missed all of last year with a torn ACL, tweaked his left hamstring during practice Wednesday on the grass fields adjacent to Gillette Stadium. He said after practice he hoped to play Friday night in the second preseason game.
With the Eagles thin at running back, wide receiver Damaris Johnson was getting some work at running back at practice Thursday.
Also sidelined Thursday are cornerbacks Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) and Nolan Carroll (hamstring), linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring) and wide receiver Jeff Maehl (foot)
All the injured players were present at the walkthrough but did not have helmets and were not participating in drills.
Maclin caught one pass for 15 yards in the preseason opener against the Bears last Friday night in Chicago. He said Wednesday he was just starting to feel like his old self when he got hurt.
Maclin did not seem concerned with the injury after it occurred.
“It shouldn’t be a big deal,” he said Wednesday after practice.
Riley Cooper (foot) had a helmet for the start of practice but isn’t likely to play Friday because he hasn’t participated in most drills during the week.
With Polk, Tucker and Fluellen out, the Eagles are down to just three tailbacks – LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and undrafted rookie free agent Henry Josey.
Since McCoy and Sproles are not expected to play after halftime, Josey will likely get a ton of work Friday night.
Josey, 23, finished second in the SEC with 16 rushing touchdowns last year and ran for 1,166 yards after missing the entire 2012 season with a knee injury he suffered late in 2011.
He was ranked fifth in NCAA Division 1 in rushing in 2011 before he got hurt.
Josey ran for 2,771 yards and 30 touchdowns in three seasons at Missouri.
Josey didn’t have any carries in the preseason opener against the Bears. He played 15 snaps on offense and caught a four-yard pass from G.J. Kinne.
Presumably, Johnson would only play running back in an emergency.
At Tulsa, he had 122 carries for 1,062 yards and eight touchdowns. He's the all-time NCAA total yardage leader with 7,796 yards. In the NFL, he has three carries for 12 yards, all in 2012.