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Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin leaves practice early after injuring hamstring

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Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin was forced to stop practicing Wednesday after injuring his left hamstring, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Maclin pulled up lame after catching a touchdown pass during team drills and sat out the rest of the practice. He insisted it's a minor injury and that he should return Thursday.

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The 26-year-old is making his return from a torn right ACL sustained in training camp last year that forced him to miss the entire 2013 season. Maclin was healthy enough to play in the Eagles' preseason opener against the Chicago Bears last Friday, catching one pass for 15 yards, and said he's hopeful he will play Friday against the New England Patriots.

In 2012, his last healthy season, Maclin had 69 receptions for 857 yards and seven touchdowns.

In July, Maclin said that in some ways, he feels faster than he did before the ACL tear. 

The Eagles and Patriots are holding joint practices this week ahead of their game Friday.

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