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Maclin Back At Practice; Good News For O-Line

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin exited Friday night's game against Cincinnati with a shoulder contusion. On Sunday, he was already back on the field as a full participant in practice.

"I want to be out there with them," Maclin said afterward practice on Sunday. He added that the shoulder will be "all right" and he doesn't foresee any further complications as a result of the injury.

The 6-0, 198-pound Maclin had an impressive rookie campaign with 56 catches for 773 yards and four touchdowns. In the offseason, Maclin understood how important it was to get stronger since now he is the starter from the onset of the season. He credited new strength coach Barry Rubin for helping him achieve that goal in the offseason.

"Barry definitely got us back on the right track," Maclin said. "He's maintaining our strength now and in the offseason making us stronger."

The Eagles also got to see starting center Jamaal Jackson back at practice as he continues his recovery from the knee injury that sidelined him at the end of last season.

"He did some good things," head coach Andy Reid said. "Again, it was a 10-10-10, but he was able to get out there and move around. We wanted to do some contact, as much as you can do with shells on."

Also, left guard Todd Herremans, who has missed the first two preseason games, was given the green light for this Friday's game in Kansas City. Jackson, however, will not play.

The only players who did not suit up for Sunday's workout were: defensive end Victor Abiamiri, center/guard Nick Cole, cornerback David Pender and center A.Q. Shipley.

Reid said that the team is not concerned with Cole's status. Cole underwent an MRI on his knee and the best thing for him at this point is rest, Reid said. Should Jackson not be ready for the beginning of the season, Cole is next in line at center. Reid said that he's confident in what Cole can do and feels there's no reason to push him at this point.

Also set to make a comeback is running back Mike Bell, who suited up to play on Friday night and then was a late scratch because of a hamstring injury. Bell said after Sunday's practice that he thought he could play, but trusted the advice of the coaches and trainers. If all goes well, Bell is expected to play against the Chiefs. Bell said that he felt it would be important to get some game reps in before the start of the season.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:30 p.m., August 22

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