Eagles Looking For Someone To Step Up In Jeremy Maclin's Absence

Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Damaris Johnson (13) during the third quarter against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

We always hear the phrase "next man up" in the NFL when a guy gets hurt and this time will be no different. The Eagles ruled out Jeremy Maclin for this weekend and who that "next man up" will be isn't quite clear yet. However, as Jason Avant said today, the Giants were in the same situation last night.

"We have a lot of guys that are capable and you know, it's hard," said Avant. "We saw the Giants go out there without [WR] Hakeem Nicks last night and play well, so that's what we're trying to do."

The man that will literally be next up, at least at the start, will be rookie UDFA Damaris Johnson. He sees this week as a chance to prove himself.

"Just coming in, I always thought I could play in this league," said Johnson. "It's just something that I just have to go out and prove now. I have the reps to do it and I've just got to go out and make plays."

Michael Vick says he spoke with Jeremy and is mostly just concerned about him getting healthy.

"Yeah, I talked to Jeremy," Vick told reporters this afternoon. "I told him I just want him to get back to 100 percent. He wants to be out here. He wants to be a part of this game this weekend, but if his body's not going to allow him to do that then he can't do it. So, the most important thing is for him to get healthy."

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