Pederson explains DeSean's surgery timeline

Eliot Shorr-Parks
November 13, 2019 - 12:25 pm

The last time Doug Pederson spoke to the media, the Eagles were entering their Bye Week, and the team was still insisting there was hope he might play against the New England Patriots. 

On Wednesday, that hope had long been over as Jackson underwent surgery last week for an abdomen injury that has caused him to miss basically the entire season after Week 1. 

So for the first time since the surgery, Pederson gave an extended comment on the timeline of Jackson's injury. 

Here it is, in its entirety: 

"In DeSean's case, listen, there's been a lot of discussion with DeSean from the moment he came out of the Falcons game to the decision to play in the Bears game to surgery. There's a lot -- we talk a lot with the player. We talk a lot with our medical staff. We even talk to external sources, third-party people, that have expertise in this area. I'm not the doctor, nor did I look at MRIs or x-rays or any of that. DeSean busted his tail electively to try to get it fixed himself, to try to rehab and come back. He busted his tail. He was cleared to play. He felt good.
For me as the coach, I listen to the player. I listen to what his body is telling him. Everything was a go. Then he felt something in the game. We pulled him out, as I said after the game, for precautionary reasons. We had it checked again. Then we went down the road of surgery, which again, [there was] a lot of communication with him.  It's elective by the player. We support this decision. We support DeSean. He wants to be out there with his teammates. It's unfortunate that this happened, but it did. Injuries are a part of this game. Reoccurrence of injuries are a part of this game. We all know that. With that being said, that's where we're at."

Pederson clairified after his statement that it was indeed Jackson who decided not to get surgery. 

"DeSean's," Pederson said. "Ultimately, it's up to the player. I can recommend, but the player has to make that decision ultimately."

Ultimately, the timeline is somewhat irrelevant -- Jacksonn won't be playing the rest of the regular season. In retrospect, perhaps Jackson would have been better off getting surgery after Week 2, but it is hard to blame him for wanting to try to rehab the injury and shorten his time on the sideline. It is also unfair to criticize the team, as just like any employer/employee relationship, the team can't make Jackson get surgery. It is also unclear how Jackson would have responded to surgery. Center Jason Kelce got a similiar surgery at one point in his career and returned in five weeks. Receiver Mack Hollins took over a year to return. 

The truth is that there is nobody to blame in this situation, despite the desire from some to do so. Jackson got hurt, tried to get better and it didn't work. Now, the Eagles can simply focus on his rehab and hoping to get him ready for either the playoffs or the 2020 season -- and in the meantime, try to make the playoffs with the healthy receivers on their roster.  

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