Despite a report that there would be an announcement on Jeremy Maclin's unidentified illness, neither the Eagles nor the Maclin family had issued an update on the wide receiver's condition as of Tuesday night.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said during a radio interview that the team expected Maclin to return from St. Louis "shortly" and rejoin the team.
He did not say anything about the wide receiver's being able to practice, nor did he say he would be ready by the start of the season, although Eagles coach Andy Reid has said he was optimistic about Maclin playing by Week 1.
"We totally anticipate Jeremy being part of our football team," Roseman said on 97.5 the Fanatic. "We anticipate him being back here shortly, with us when we get back to NovaCare."
The lack of clarity here is worrisome. Maclin is dropping down draft boards, and if he's able to get healthy and play early in the season, he'll be a good value in the middle rounds. Of course, the risk is that this situation lingers and he misses several games or doesn't play at all.