Eagles starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who had missed camp because of what the media had been calling a “mysterious illness,” revealed on Wednesday that he has been struggling with a cancer scare.
Maclin said that a false test led doctors to believe he had contracted a form of cancer known as lymphoma.
But after further testing, Maclin was given a clean bill of health and is ready to return to the field.
“That’s first and foremost, I want everyone to know I’m fine, I’m healthy,” Maclin said on Wednesday, only an hour after receiving word from his doctor that his final test came back negative. “I was tested for everything, and every single test came back negative. I don’t have mono, I don’t have AIDS, leukemia — all the things people were guessing on, there was nothing. I was being tested for lymphoma and thank God everything has come back negative.
“I wanted my privacy on this until I had answers. I don’t like to talk unless I have all the answers about what I’m talking about. It was frustrating to hear all the rumors about me. It wasn’t until this morning that I finally got my final answer and thankfully I’m healthy and ready to return to football.”
Maclin finally heard the news he was seeking on Wednesday afternoon, when doctors called to tell him he was in the clear.
So, now that cancer has been ruled out, what did sideline the Eagles wideout for all of training camp?
“It was all caused by an inflammatory virus,” Maclin said, “something that just runs its course through your body or you can treat with medicine. I didn’t need medicine. It’s just something I had to deal with.”
It appears that Maclin has put this scare behind him and is ready to return to football. If he is indeed 100% or close to it, he will be a nice pick in the 4th/5th rounds; it may take some time for his value to rebound after all of this.