Andy Reid announced at his Friday press conference that WR Jeremy Maclin has been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
The news is somewhat of a surprise given that Maclin had returned to practice yesterday. He left the game Sunday after aggravating a hip pointer that he suffered in week one.
This leaves the Eagles with 4 healthy WRs, with Riley Cooper still on the shelf. Given that the Eagles went into week 1 with only 4 active WRs, I don’t think we should expect a roster move. In all likelihood, we’ll see Damaris Johnson slot in for Maclin and Jason Avant will keep his place in the slot. Mardy Gilyard, who stood out for the Eagles in preseason and was just brought back last week, will obviously be active Sunday and hopefully gets a chance to play.
The other injury news is less surprising. King Dunlap has been ruled out meaning that Demetress Bell will get the start at LT. Bell was brought in to be the starter after the Jason Peters injury, but lost his job to Dunlap in camp. Dunlap hasn’t really impressed in the first two games and Bell did a solid job in limited time last week, so there’s a chance we don’t see much of a dropoff, if at all. For Bell, it may even be a chance to hit reset on his season and possibly claim the job for the rest of the year.