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  • Eagles receiver Maclin tears ACL, could miss season

  • PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Saturday and could miss the season.
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  • PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Saturday and could miss the season.
    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.
    "Appreciate all the love and support twitter fam....sad day but I have setbacks my entire life. Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! (hash)birdgang," he wrote on Twitter.
    Philadelphia is in its second full practice under new coach Chip Kelly. The first practice with pads is Sunday.
    The Eagles signed wide receiver David Ball to the 90-man roster. The 29-year-old Ball played for Kelly 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 is headed into his fifth season with the Eagles. He led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and the former first-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract.
    Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson is Philadelphia's other starter. The team has veterans Jason Avant and Riley Cooper, along with several younger wideouts in camp. Maclin has averaged 64 catches, 863 yards and six TDs in his first four seasons. His best year was in 2011 when he had 70 receptions for 964 yards and 10 TDs.
    Seahawks
    Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will get a second opinion on his sore hip next week in New York, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Saturday all options remain for how the injury is handled.
    Speaking after practice, Carroll said the range for treatment is still unknown. He said Harvin could be back on the field in a couple of weeks, or surgery may be the solution to solve the discomfort in the area around Harvin's hip socket.
    Harvin's exam is expected to be Tuesday. Carroll has not indicated which hip is bothering the wide receiver and when asked if surgery would be season ending, said, "That's a possibility but we're hoping it's not the probability. We're thinking it's going to be better than that."
    Cowboys
    Jason Garrett was a little bewildered by getting grilled a week early over whether Tony Romo would play in the Dallas Cowboys' preseason opener.
    The Dallas coach dodged questions on the topic Saturday, a day after the team's flagship radio station quoted Garrett as saying the Hall of Fame game against Miami next Sunday was "not going to be Tony's game."
    The Cowboys have an extra preseason game, and Garrett suggested to the radio station that the starters were more likely to debut in the second game against Oakland.
    Even if Romo plays, it will only be a handful of snaps. His most important preseason game is the fourth one this year — Aug. 24 against Cincinnati.
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