PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who still hasn’t practiced yet, has been cleared to return to the team after a cancer scare, trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday.
Burkholder said, barring a setback, Maclin will return to practice within 10 days and should be able to play in the Sept. 11 opener at St. Louis.
Burkholder said Maclin began experiencing symptoms — night sweats, fever, loss of weight, loss of appetite — in March, synonomous with lymphoma, a form of cancer. But five months of testing to determine the cause were inconclusive.
Burkholder said in a conference call from Pittsburgh, where the Eagles face the Steelers in a preseason game Thursday, that Maclin’s symptoms disappeared at some point before late July. He said the cause of the symptoms remains “vague.”
“We’re confident that the life-threatening stuff is out of the mix,” Burkholder said. “Right now, we’re going to look at him as having an inflammatory condition that caused him to have the symptoms and the abnormal blood studies.”
Maclin underwent a laproscopy procedure last Thursday so doctors could get a clearer biopsy than previous tests had provided. The results came back Wednesday, and were negative.
Maclin, 23, caught 70 passes for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis native and Missouri Tigers former football standout Jeremy Maclin received a relieving bill of good health by doctors. Maclin told a FOX Sports reporter on Wednesday that his tests came back negative and that he will be able to return to the field with the Philadelphia Eagles as soon as he fully recovers from lymph-node surgery.
The cancer-related scare began last May and Maclin has been getting tests ever since to see if he had lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system. This subject really did not become mainstream until the NFL lockout concluded last month, and Maclin was not able to practice with the Eagles. Rumors rather than facts about Maclin’s health were heard more, but the third-year NFL receiver out of Mizzou was able to clear the air on what happened over the last few months.
The former All-American will probably not be able to jump right back into practice, especially since he has lost weight after going through so many tests. Maclin, a graduate of Kirkwood High School, could miss the Eagles’ first game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11.
Last season, Maclin had 70 receptions for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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