As good as the Eagles looked Thursday night against the Steelers, they came this close to two helpings of really bad news.
First, star running back LeSean McCoy left during the first quarter with a thumb injury. He had the digit X-rayed and came away with no broken bones or torn ligaments. It's just a sprain, and McCoy should be fine soon.
Later in the first half, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin went down in a heap while coming out of a route. He immediately grabbed his right knee, the same knee in which he tore his ACL last year. However, after a minute or two, Maclin walked off the field under his own power and actually re-entered the game on the next drive, catching a pass on its first play.
McCoy looked like his usual self before the thumb injury, racking up 50 yards and a touchdown in less than a quarter. He showed no effects from his "small version of turf toe." He remains an easy top-three pick.
Maclin's value is more nebulous. He should be Philly's No. 1 WR this year, but the Eagles had the league's most effective running game last year and will not be going away from that philosophy. Also, in five pro seasons, Maclin has never reached 1,000 receiving yards and has played a full 16-game schedule only once. He is just a WR3 in all formats.