A few weeks ago, many were shocked by the June release of former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Especially after he signed a 5-year, $55 million deal with the team just two years prior. Add in the fact he did contribute to the Chiefs first postseason appearance since 2010, in his first year. A season where he put up 1,000 yards receiving and scored 8 touchdowns for a team that went 11-5 and won their first playoff game in 22 years.
2016 was a rough go for the veteran receiver as he missed four games with a groin injury, and after Kansas City cut him via voicemail, according to Maclin during an interview with PFT's Mike Florio, the Baltimore Ravens reaped the benefits as they pounced and signed Maclin to a two-year deal.
Now, Maclin revealed the groin injury bothering him a year ago was far worse than people thought. On a podcast with ESPN's Adam Schefter, Maclin said his injury was indeed a tear in his groin. Maclin stated:
"It was torn. I missed about four weeks with the torn groin. I came back, I was able to play, but I can't sit here and tell you I was 100%. But I'm also not going to sit up here and make excuses. At the end of the day, I didn't play as well as I could've."
If you want to listen to the full interview, click on the tweet below. Maclin goes on to say that he did not get surgery on his groin and he is 100% healthy. He also reveals the full story of what he was doing when he received the voicemail from the Chiefs informing him of his release.
The Ravens, this offense, and quarterback Joe Flacco all hope Maclin is indeed healthy and fully recovered from the groin injury which affected him last season. Maclin is, to nobody's surprise, a vital part of Baltimore's offense and you know he is going to play with a chip on his shoulder after being cut a few weeks ago. The Ravens have already experienced two major injuries to Tavon Young and Dennis Pitta, they can't afford another. Especially to their prized free agent acquisition.