Maclin told FOXSports.com in an exclusive interview 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.
According to Maclin, he did not yet have his final answer on his prognosis until this morning, and seemed to be annoyed (rightfully) at all the rumors being floated:
"That’s first and foremost, I want everyone to know I’m fine, I’m healthy," Maclin told FOXSports.com on Wednesday, only an hour after receiving word from his doctor that his final test came back negative. "I was tested for everything, and everyt 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."
Apparently, he has had a rough summer, undergoing test after test, many of which were uncomfortable and downright painful, not to mention the mental aspect of potentially going from star football player to cancer patient in the blink of an eye. Maclin credited the Eagles for giving him a strong support system throughout his ordeal.
The Eagles are expected to make an announcement tonight, although it will be an anti-climactic one. We'll get to the football aspect later. Let's for now just be happy that Maclin, widely regarded as a great person, has a clean bill of health.