Jeremy Maclin played the complete game Sunday in Tampa, Fla., without injury and caught the game-winning touchdown on the final play against the Buccaneers.
So when the Eagles wide receiver was listed on Monday with a groin injury there were more than a few arched eyebrows.
On Tuesday, Maclin was asked if he was injured on the last-second touchdown pass from Nick Foles.
"That is kind of what did it," he answered.
Was it sliding for the catch or running back out to midfield to celebrate?
"No, it was actually when the guy jumped on top of me, hit me," Maclin said.
Later, Maclin was asked if he had the opportunity to give the unnamed teammate grief for the unnecessary injury.
"It was Nnamdi [Asomugha]," the receiver said good good-naturedly, "and I already gave him a hard time."
What Maclin likely didn't realize was that he was opening the floodgates for Nnamdi Asomugha's critics - and he has many of them this season - to give the cornerback a hard time.
The good news for Asomugha is that Maclin's injury is not expected to keep him out of Thursday night's game. The receiver was limited at Tuesday's practice, but coach Andy Reid said that he expected him to start against the Bengals.
The Eagles will have a light walk-through on Wednesday.
Asomugha, who suffered a neck stinger and a quadriceps contusion in Tampa, was a full participant at practice. Reid said that the cornerback "should be fine" for Thursday's game.
Kurt Coleman was limited at practice, and Reid said that it was a stretch for the safety to be healthy by Thursday.
Coleman, who has a chest bruise, missed the Tampa game. Colt Anderson started in his place and made several key stops against the run. Almost a year ago, Anderson suffered a season-ending knee injury during a Thursday night game in Seattle.
He was inactive for the first game of the season but returned for the second, a little more than nine months after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
"The whole time I've always had a positive attitude," Anderson said. "Everything happens for a reason. So I kept showing up for work and kept trying to get better and get my knee better."
Anderson, one of the Eagles' best players on special teams, said that he did not play as much on special teams against the Buccaneers.
Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder gave updates on Brent Celek (concussion) and Mike Patterson (pneumonia), who on Monday were ruled out for the Bengals game.
Celek lost consciousness when he was hit on the first play from scrimmage, Burkholder said. The tight end reached baseline on the ImPACT test, but the Eagles already have ruled him out because they didn't believe he could complete all five phases for return by the time of the game, the trainer said.
Celek was still in Phase 1, Burkholder said. The Eagles are expected to sign fullback/tight end Emil Igwenagu off the practice squad with Celek out for the game. They will need to make a roster move on the 53-man roster to clear space for Igwenagu.
Burkholder said that Mike Patterson, who spent part of last week in the hospital to treat viral pneumonia and missed Sunday's game, was home and resting.
"He looks like he's going to be all right," Burkholder said.
Evan Mathis (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday. He said that he expected to play Thursday night. . . . Foles was nominated for FedEx Air & Ground Player of the Week for his performance against the Buccaneers. The rookie quarterback is up against the Patriots' Tom Brady and the Panthers' Cam Newton.