BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Jeremy Maclin immediately thought the worst, and the worst for the Eagles wide receiver was a repeat of the knee injury he suffered as a freshman at Missouri.
On Tuesday, Maclin's left foot got caught in the ground when he was making a catch, and his leg bent backward. As he lay there in pain, teammates and the fans grew silent because they saw him clutching his knee.
"Your initial thought is always the worst," Maclin said. "Just because experiencing that before, I've already gone through that, so I don't want to do it again. It almost felt like it did when I tore my [anterior cruciate ligament] my freshman year of college. Luckily, this time, I kind of caught myself before it actually went all the way back."
The Eagles initially called the injury a hyperextension, then changed it to a "bone bruise."
"The two bones banged, and he had a little bit of a bruise," Eagles coach Andy Reid said Thursday. "He's feeling remarkably well."
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Wednesday that Maclin was "day-to-day." Reid's update was as optimistic. "I don't think it will be very long," he said.
Maclin didn't practice for the second straight day, however, and was not part of the injured crew that worked outdoors with the training staff at Lehigh.
Receiver DeSean Jackson (back) and cornerback Asante Samuel (hamstring) ran on one of the side practice fields, and running back Mike Bell (hamstring) and tight end Martin Rucker (hamstring) appeared to do a little more. Reid said each of those players was close to returning.
Cornerback Macho Harris (hamstring), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (concussion), and center A.Q. Shipley (ankle) joined Maclin indoors. Shipley said he was gunning for a Sunday return.
Reid said that he was remaining cautious with guard Todd Herremans (foot), who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list with center Jamaal Jackson (knee) and defensive end Victor Abiamiri (knee).
Reid said that the starting right-cornerback spot was still Ellis Hobbs' to lose.
"Yeah, it is that way right now," Reid said. "I love his attitude, too. He's a feisty little dude. He likes to play the game. And he's not going to take anything from anybody, and I appreciate that."
Hobbs, coming back from December neck surgery, got into a spirited fight with rookie wide receiver Riley Cooper on the first day of full-pads hitting.
Hobbs' competition was supposed to come from Harris, Joselio Hanson, Trevard Lindley, and Dimitri Patterson. Hanson has played mostly in the "nickel" spot. Lindley, a rookie, needs more time. Patterson's best shot at making the Eagles is on special teams, and Harris is injured.
Tight end Cornelius Ingram, who suffered back-to-back ACL injuries, hasn't looked nearly as explosive as he did during last year's training camp. Reid said that Ingram "didn't have confidence in his leg" early in camp but that he was getting "a little bit better" each day. . . . Linebacker Moise Fokou, who recently lost the starting strong-side linebacker spot to Akeem Jordan, has seen some time working out with the defensive ends during pass-rushing drills. Reid said Fokou mostly would play end in nickel situations. . . . The Eagles will return to Lehigh on Friday for just an afternoon practice.