Eagles wideout 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.
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! #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.
Garrett: No decision on Romo for preseason opener
OXNARD, Calif. — 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.”
Pressed several times by reporters, about all Garrett would say was the coaching staff hadn’t decided the playing rotation.
“I don’t want to get into the hypotheticals,” Garrett said flatly when asked about the comments to the radio station. “We’ll talk about how each of our 90 players will or will not play in those games next week.”
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.
Ravens TE Pitta dislocates hip, out for opener
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip in practice and is expected to remain sidelined throughout the preseason and for the Sept. 5 regular season opener against Denver.
The injury occurred during Saturday’s practice session when Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone vying for a pass from Joe Flacco.
Pitta lay prone for several minutes before being carted off the field.
After practice, coach John Harbaugh said the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens will be forced to play their opener in Denver without their top pass-catching tight end.
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.
Texans running back Foster recovering from calf strain
HOUSTON — Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is still recovering from a right calf strain, but said Saturday that he feels good and shouldn’t be out of camp much longer.
Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for his third straight 1,200-yard season.
The Texans placing him on the physically unable to perform list the night before the start of training camp was somewhat of a surprise.
“I thought he’d be ready to go, but (the team trainer) just thinks he needs a few days with them to work into the routine,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “But he’s had a good summer; he’s been here every day. I expect him back pretty quickly.”
But they certainly aren’t going to rush their star running back onto the field only to have him suffer a setback.
“I have played through a lot of things, but this is just something you can’t and there’s no reason to right now,” he said. “I’m just going to take my time and when I feel 100 percent confident, I’ll be ready.”
Harvin second opinion to come next week in New York
RENTON, Wash. — Wide receiver Percy Harvin will get a second opinion on his sore hip next week in New York, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll says all options remain for how the injury is handled.
Speaking after practice on Saturday, 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 on Tuesday. Carroll has not said which hip is bothering the wide receiver.
Seattle fullback Michael Robinson also missed a second straight day of practice on Saturday with a sore ankle. Carroll said Robinson came in after the first day of practice saying it was sore, but not a sprain.
Carroll added that tight end Zach Miller could return soon from a sore foot.
Browns OL Ryan Miller in hospital with concussion
BEREA, Ohio — Browns offensive tackle Ryan Miller sustained a concussion during a blocking drill in practice Saturday, an injury that shook his teammates.
Miller, who is in his second season with Cleveland, 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 doing well,” Chudzinski said following practice. “He’s responsive and it sounds like things are better at this point.”
The Browns later said Miller has a concussion and will “likely be released” from the hospital this evening.
Chudzinski did not see how Miller got hurt, and did not know if the head injury was the result of helmet-to-helmet contact.
NBC Sports, Cowboys partner on red zone view
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — NBC Sports Group and the Dallas Cowboys are partnering on a new 360-degree look at red zone plays for TV viewers and fans attending the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this season.
The network will use 24 high-speed cameras — 12 in each red zone on both sides of the field from the 20-yard line to the goal line and in the back of each end zone — to produce seamless views of the action.
“Sunday Night Football” producer Fred Gaudelli said the system will give fans a new perspective on big plays during games. The 360-degree view will debut on the Sept. 8 broadcast of the New York Giants-Cowboys game.
The Giants have yet to lose at newly christened AT&T Stadium.
The system, known as FreeD or free dimensional video, will be used for the Oct. 5 Notre Dame-Arizona State game, and the Oct. 13 Washington Redskins-Cowboys game at the stadium.