Tonight the Philadelphia Eagles will play their second preseason game against the New England Patriots, but they’ll be without the guys who are expected to be their number one and two wide receivers this year.
Riley Cooper is still recuperating from a foot injury that has seen him in a walking boot in recent weeks. According to Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal he plans to be back at practice on Sunday and play next week against the Steelers, but will be held out of tonight’s game:
Riley Cooper said he hopes to practice fully beginning Sun, play in 3rd preseason game. #Eagles
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) August 14, 2014
Meanwhile, Jeremy Maclin suffered a hamstring injury at practice on Wednesday. He was held out of practice yesterday and is not expected to play:
Breaking: Jeremy Maclin sneezes, breaks clavicle…. #EaglesTalk
— Joe (@jcorrado19) August 13, 2014
There’s a growing chorus of Eagles fans who are concerned about Maclin’s injury woes in light of his having to sit out the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL, but I don’t think there’s much to it. Prior to last year’s ACL tear, Maclin had only missed a total of five regular season games for the Eagles since coming into the league in 2009.
With Cooper and Maclin out it’s likely that we will get to see more of rookies Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews, as well as second year tight end Zach Ertz, who has been drawing rave reviews for his practice play lately.