Eagles rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin walked around the locker room in a protective boot this morning as he continues to recover from plantar fasciitis.
Maclin is also expected to sit out of practice for the second straight day, but offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he believes the rookie will be ready and at full speed for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
"Oh, yeah, I think he'll be fast," Mornhinweg said.
Even if Maclin wasn't nursing a sore foot, the Eagles would have restored second-year receiver DeSean Jackson as the punt returner against the Giants. Maclin handled those duties last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Jackson, who is returning from a one-game absence with a concussion, leads the NFL with a 15.5-yard average per punt return. Special teams coach Ted Daisher said rookie safety Macho Harris may back up Jackson as the punt returner because of Maclin's foot problem.
In other news, safety Quintin Demps was fined $12,500 by the NFL for his two personal foul penalties in Sunday's win at Atlanta. Demps was flagged for hitting quarterback Chris Redman up high and for a late hite on wide receiver Roddy White.
For someone making $385,000 this season, the $12,500 fine is a hefty one.
"It's Christmas time and I don't want to be giving away free money," Demps said.
Perhaps it will help the second-year safety to cut down on stupid penalties because he's had way too many in the limited amount of time he's been on the field during his first two seasons.