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DeSean Jackson unlikely to play vs. Minnesota Vikings

Eliot Shorr-Parks
October 09, 2019 - 12:00 pm
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Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is taking a step this week towards returning — but when he will actually be back on the field in a game remains a mystery. 

Speaking Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said that Jackson (abdomen injury) would not practice, confirming what everyone expected. 

Instead, Jackson will be spending Wednesday trying to begin running off to the side while the rest of the team prepares for the Minnesota Vikings. 

It sounds like this week will be a big one in determining how quickly Jackson is back. If he is able to go through a week of running without pain or a setback, practicing next week seems like a possibility. 

A recent ESPN report, however, is not encouraging. 

Per ESPN:

Jackson is targeting a return Week 7 against Dallas but that's not a slam dunk. The current return window is believed to be between Week 7 and Week 9 against the Chicago Bears as he continues to heal from an abdominal strain suffered Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons.

The report goes on to say that even when Jackson does return, it is expected he will be playing through some pain. 

In one game with Jackson on the field for the Eagles this season, the passing attack was every bit the big-play, dynamic offense many predicted. Jackson, in is only action of the season, totaled 8 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. The offense had a season-high 313 passing yards, a season high 436 total yards and finished with 32 points. 

To say the passing attack has struggled without him would be an understatement, as they have not topped 200 yards passing in either of the last two games and have struggled to get anything going down the field. 

The Eagles are entering a crucial stretch of their season where they will make consecutive trips to Minnesota, Dallas and Buffalo. At 3-2, how they emerge out of these next three games will play a large role in determining how the rest of their season plays out. 

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