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Maclin Practicing, Expects To Play

It appears that one game was enough for Jeremy Maclin.

After missing the first game of his NFL career last week against the San Francisco 49ers, Jeremy Maclin returned to practice Wednesday and appears confident that he'll be back on the field this Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

"It's tough sitting out," Maclin said. "It's frustrating. It was a non-contact injury and those are the ones that kind of frustrate you the most ... it's your feet and you can't do much without your feet.

"But I'm ready to get things going."

The Eagles seem to be getting healthy at the right time. In addition to Maclin, running back Brian Westbrook is expected to return this week as well.

"It looks good," said head coach Andy Reid about Maclin's chances of playing this week. "We're just going to see how he does in practice here, but he'll be back out there. He says he feels pretty good, we'll just see how it goes."

Maclin is third on the team in both receptions (46) and receiving yards (623), and he's established himself as a reliable wide receiver after taking over the starting role in week two. The Eagles' passing game will have their hands full this week with the Broncos second-ranked pass defense.

"You look at the veteran leadership they have on defense," Maclin said. "They have Ty Law, they have (Brian) Dawkins, they have Champ (Bailey). All those guys can play.

"I think we have a challenge this week, but I think we have the guys who are able to step up and take advantage of some things we see on tape."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:30 p.m., December 23

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