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Jeremy Maclin is ‘good to go,’ hopes to play Saturday

Former University of Missouri and current Kansas City Chiefs players Mitch Morse, L’Damian Washington, Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin laughed while waiting to have their photo take with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday morning.
Former University of Missouri and current Kansas City Chiefs players Mitch Morse, L’Damian Washington, Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin laughed while waiting to have their photo take with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday morning. deulitt@kcstar.com

After spending the last two practices on the sideline with a neck strain, Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to the practice field on Wednesday.

Maclin was asked if he anticipates playing in the Chiefs’ first preseason game on Saturday.

“Yeah, I’m good to go,” Maclin said. “I would assume (I’m playing). I want to.”

Maclin said he wants to play to get his timing down with quarterback Alex Smith and get some game-time reps with the offense.

Maclin doesn’t anticipate his neck strain being a problem. He obtained the injury at some point during Sunday’s practice, which included a dust-up between Maclin and cornerback Marcus Cooper that was incited when Cooper dragged Maclin down by the collar while defending a pass.

“It happened early on a play in practice that day,” Maclin said.

When asked if he suffered the injury during the ensuing dust-up, which included some shoves, Maclin smiled and looked away.

“I don’t know,” Maclin said with a grin.

Maclin said he talked to Cooper after that practice.

“That’s how it goes sometimes, man,” Maclin said. “After practice, I talked to Coop. That’s not what I represent. That’s not what I stand for. It was … one of the dog days of practice, man. It’s hot out here, and I let my emotion get the best of me. I know that in the game, obviously, I’d be thrown out the game and possibly kicked out the next game, hurting my team. You can’t do that, so I’m not going to do that anymore.”

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