Jeremy Maclin, seen here on the sidelines during Eagles practice at Lincoln Finacial Field Sunday, was placed on the IR after tearing his ACL Saturday. (AP)
Jeremy Maclin had held a glimmer of hope that he could return from his latest anterior cruciate ligament tear and join an Eagles team that surprisingly made the playoffs without him.
“I obviously would love for that to happen,” Maclin had said Sunday.
Well, it won’t.
Even if the Eagles somehow get to the Super Bowl.
The team placed Maclin on injured reserve Tuesday, ensuring that the fifth-year wideout would miss the entire season as he recovers from his second ACL tear since his freshman year in college.
The move also enabled the team to re-sign wide receiver Nick Miller, who was originally with the club going into training camp but was released when the Eagles claimed running back William Powell off waivers from Arizona. Powell flunked his physical and has since been waived.
Miller, in his fourth season, has played for the Raiders and Rams. The NFL suspended him four games last year for violating league policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Maclin will spend the next six months, at least, rehabbing his knee. He will have surgery next Tuesday, performed by renowned Birmingham-based orthopedist Dr. James A. Andrews.
On Monday, an orthopaedic specialist said on Philly Sports Talk that athletes who suffer from multiple tears of the same knee ligament face a longer road to full recovery than first-time patients.
Dr. Mark. Schwartz, from Virtua Sports Medicine, said Maclin’s rehab could exceed the standard six-to-nine month period of recovery for primary reconstruction patients. Schwartz isn’t treating Maclin. Maclin had said that he made it back on the field six months after tearing his ACL in college at the University of Missouri.
Schwartz also said results of revision surgeries “aren’t necessarily as good” as primary reconstructions, but he referenced a 2010 study conducted by Andrews and others that revealed 66 percent of ACL reconstruction cases make it back into an NFL game.
The one third that didn’t, Schwartz added, was mainly composed of players picked in the fourth round or lower. Maclin was picked in the first round in 2009.
“But it’s going to be an uphill battle for sure,” Schwartz added.