Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin tears ACL, might miss season

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Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Saturday and could miss the season.

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Maclin went down at the end of a non-contact drill and appeared to be in pain while he was on the ground for several minutes. He was helped onto the cart and needed assistance getting off it and going into the team’s practice facility.

The Eagles signed wide receiver David Ball to the 90-man roster. The 29-year-old Ball played at New Hampshire, and broke Jerry Rice’s Division I-AA record for touchdown receptions. Ball spent time in training camp with Chicago and the New York Jets in 2007-08.

Maclin led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

FALCONS: Defensive end Osi Umenyiora says it’s a blessing that he spent 10 years with New York, helped the Giants win two Super Bowls.

But after signing a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Falcons in late March, Umenyiora began a new phase of his career without having to depart for training camp and leave his 5-year-old son, his fiancee and his father – all of whom live with him in the Atlanta suburbs.

Umenyiora says “it means the world” to have them in his daily life, and he seems genuinely excited to longer be answering questions about his contract feuds with the Giants and his reduced role on New York’s defensive line.

RAVENS: Tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip in practice Saturday and is expected to remain sidelined through the Sept. 5 regular season opener.

Pitta was preparing for his fourth season with Baltimore. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

GIANTS: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul disclosed on Saturday that he played last season in pain, and it didn’t go away until he had disk surgery on his back in June.

While he feels better now, the catalyst of the team’s defense is not sure whether he will be ready for the season opener at Dallas on Sept. 8, although that is his goal.

The Giants have placed him on their active physically unable to perform list.

BROWNS: Offensive tackle Ryan Miller sustained a concussion during a blocking drill in practice Saturday.

Miller, who is in his second season with the team, was carted from the field and taken by ambulance to the Cleveland Clinic after he was hurt during one-on-one drills inside the team’s indoor facility. Coach Rob Chudzinski said the 6-foot-7 Miller’s condition has improved.

“He’s responsive and it sounds like things are better at this point, ” Chudzinski said following practice.


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