Jeremy Maclin: "I feel fine. I feel ready." - [Full Article]

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who hasn't practiced until Sunday due to a cancer scare, told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Tuesday that he will start the team's Week 1 game against the St. Louis Rams.

"I feel fine. I feel ready," Maclin said.

Maclin practiced for the first time on Sunday after being cleared to return to the team earlier this month. Trainer Rick Burkholder had said earlier this month that he expected Maclin to be able to play in the Sept. 11 opener.

"I feel all right conditioning-wise," Maclin told reporters Sunday. "It's just getting back out there and running routes, I haven't done that in a while, so there's definitely some work I need to do, but I think I'll get back to my normal self pretty soon."

"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."

Burkholder said he and team physician Gary Dorshimer, who treated Maclin, are confident the symptoms will not return.

Fantasy Impact: 

It appears that Maclin is out of the woods and on track to start in Week 1. He may not get off to a fast start this season, but his draft stock has taken a hit due to this ordeal and he is a good value in the 5th/6th rounds.

Filed Under: 2011, Preseason

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