Jeremy Maclin has torn one strand of his plantar fascia, Eagles coach Andy Reid said yesterday. The bottom line seems pretty much the same as it was Sunday night, when Maclin had to leave the Eagles' 45-38 victory over the host Giants - Maclin should miss a couple weeks, a setback for the receiver who ranked second among NFL rookies going into last weekend with 623 receiving yards (on 46 catches), but not a season-ending mishap.
Maclin was maneuvering on crutches as he left the visitors' locker room Sunday night at the Meadowlands, but he didn't seem to be putting his weight on the crutches, he was sort of swinging them along like really large walking sticks.
Reid said he could make a roster move to add a receiver (hello again from the practice squad, Jordan Norwood?), but he wants to see how Kevin Curtis is doing when the Eagles resume practice tomorrow before making a decision. Curtis hasn't played since Week 2, and is working back from Oct. 24 knee surgery. He practiced last week and made the trip to the Meadowlands, but wasn't activated.
"He really took quite a few reps, more than I thought he would, last week," Reid said. "So, that'll be increased this week and we'll just see how he does. If he's not right, then he's not right. We'll work from there."
Reid said that after last week's workouts, Curtis "felt pretty good," though "his legs were tired and his wind wasn't where he wants it."
Reid said he similarly wants to see how Brian Westbrook is feeling tomorrow before making any pronouncemnets on Westbrook's status. Westbrook seems to be getting closer to returning from his second concussion of the season.
The Andy Reid-DeSean Jackson shoulder bump was a made-for-TV (and the Internet) moment. Jackson, much more slightly built and much less gravity-challenged than Reid, got high enough that he was almost on top of the coach's shoulder when they met; if Reid had gotten a little more into it, he might have ended up tossing his star into the seats. (Where Jackson would have been at the mercy of that guy who tried to throw a beer on him earlier.)
"We worked on it a few times during the week," Reid joked yesterday. "I was afraid I was going to lose my Achilles' tendon. I was just happy when I landed that it was still intact."
Easing in Jordan
Andy Reid confirmed yesterday that the Birds were easing Akeem Jordan back in Sunday night, when they played him sporadically in the middle and very little in his normal weakside role. Jordan had missed 4 weeks with a hyperextended knee. Reid said the Eagles are running a "linebacker by committee" system right now. Committees don't often get the real work done, do they?
An NFL spokesman said fines are likely but suspensions are not, for the scrum that broke out after Eli Manning's fumble near the end of regulation Sunday.
Chris Clemons seemed to shove the Giants' David Diehl unneccessarily, but not really illegally, as Joselio Hanson was being tackled nearby after he recovered the fumble. Diehl then really went after Clemons, and other players joined in, including Trent Cole, who threw two punches at Shaun O'Hara, leading to Cole's ejection.
The offsetting personal fouls seemed to be a pretty good hashing out of what happened.
The Eagles can clinch a playoff berth by beating the 49ers. It has been a long time since they were in such a spot with 3 weeks left - 2004, to be exact, when the Birds were 12-1 at this juncture. It will be interesting to see how the young team deals with such unaccustomed prosperity . . . NBC announced the game was seen by 20.9 million viewers, giving it a 21 share nationally. The network said that was 57 percent above last year's Week 14 game, Ravens-Redskins . . . Andy Reid said Brent Celek reported a sore back yesterday, and Leonard Weaver was dealing with a slight hamstring strain . . . The Eagles' offensive tempo again seemed to benefit from frequently going no-huddle against the Giants . . . The Eagles' Dec. 27 game against the Broncos, orginally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, has been moved to 4:15.
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