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NFL NOTEBOOK: Eagles' Maclin tears ACL

by The Associated Press on July 28, 2013 2:55 AM

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.

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. Ball, 29, 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.

 

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

The injury occurred 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.

The Super Bowl champions begin defense of their title on the road against the Broncos on Sept. 5.

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.

In the playoffs, Pitta had 14 catches for 163 yards and three scores.

With Pitta gone, the Ravens are without their two of their most productive receivers last year. Pitta’s 61 catches were tied for second with Ray Rice behind Anquan Boldin, who was traded to San Francisco during the offseason.

In his first three NFL seasons, Pitta has 102 receptions for 1,075 yards and 10 touchdowns over 43 regular season games.

 

BROWNS: 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.

 

JETS: The New York Jets have placed cornerback Aaron Berry on season-ending injured reserve and signed running back Chad Spann.

Berry tore the anterior cruciate ligament in a knee when he got tangled up with a wide receiver during the Jets’ first practice of training camp Friday. He was expected to compete for the No. 4 cornerback spot, and coach Rex Ryan calls the loss of Berry “unfortunate.”

Spann, who was undrafted out of Northern Illinois, spent the 2011 season with Indianapolis, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. He wasn’t on an NFL roster last season.

Defensive tackle Junior Aumavae and cornerback Mike Edwards were activated from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, while cornerback Darrin Walls was removed from the non-football injury list. All three practiced with the team.

 

SEAHAWKS: Linebacker O’Brien Schofield has been claimed off waivers by Seattle, giving the Seahawks another versatile option that could play outside linebacker or defensive end.

The move was made Saturday.

Schofield was waived by Arizona on Friday. He was a fourth-round pick by the Cardinals in 2010 and started nine games at outside linebacker in 2012. Schofield had 36 tackles and four sacks in those nine games before an ankle injury ended his season.

At 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, Schofield could fit with Seattle either at linebacker or as a pass rusher on the line of scrimmage.

Seattle released offensive tackle Jake Bscherer to clear a roster spot. Bscherer was signed in May after taking part in Seattle’s rookie camp on a tryout basis.

 

RAIDERS: Oakland Raiders receiver Andre Holmes has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

The league announced the suspension Saturday.

Holmes will be eligible to return to the Raiders’ active roster Sept. 30. He will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Holmes was claimed off waivers from New England in May. He played seven games for Dallas last season, catching two passes for 11 yards.

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