Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin insists that he will play in the team’s preseason opener Friday against the Chicago Bears despite having soreness in both legs.
Maclin missed the entire 2013 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Despite being limited in practice on Monday and Tuesday, Maclin said he will play on Friday, via The Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Just a little soreness," Maclin said. "It's not a big deal. Today, I probably could have gone. I just wasn't 100 percent. Tomorrow, I should be fine, Thursday I'll be fine, and I'll be able to play Friday."
Maclin has participated in every workout during the offseason. His return will mark his first action since the end of the 2012 season.
"I think it's just a little different considering the fact that a year ago I had an ACL injury," Maclin said, via The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'm trying not to let it get to me, but it's going to be special. “I haven't played in two years. I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited."
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Maclin, who has 26 receiving touchdown passes in five NFL seasons, said in the offseason he feels even faster than he did before the injury.
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