DeSean Jackson likely out again vs. Dallas Cowboys

Eliot Shorr-Parks
October 18, 2019 - 11:03 am

The Eagles haven’t officially ruled out receiver DeSean Jackson yet for their matchup this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, but at least for another week, they will almost certainly be without their No. 1 wide receiver -- and it still doesn’t sound like Jackson is getting much closer to returning. 

“One of the things I appreciate about DeSean is how hard he has been working to get back out on that football field in every way possible. With that, his hard work, his dedication…with this injury it is tricky. He wants to be 100%, we want him to be 100%, so I am not going to push him. I am not going to rush him,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “I want him to feel and be the DeSean we know he is capable of being before we put him back out there.”

Assuming Jackson does not play this Sunday he will have now missed basically every game this season besides Week 1 with his abdomen injury. Pederson said this week that Jackson was going to begin running on land, but the receiver once again did not take part in any practices. 

At first considered to be a short-term injury, there now doesn’t seem to be much hope of  Jackson being back to 100% at any point this season. 

“Nobody is every 100%. With the type of injury he has, being a track guy, being a speed guy — it effects you. It makes a difference,” Pederson said. “Is he going to be 100% when he comes back? Probably not. But will he feel better? Yeah, he’ll feel better. He will be able to put it behind him and just focus on football.”

The Eagles desperately need Jackson back, even if he isn’t going to be at 100%. At 3-3 they face a critical game this Sunday in Dallas before heading on the road again to face the Buffalo Bills. The slate at home — Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks — isn’t much easier. 

Although it was only one game, the difference Jackson makes in the offense is clear. Without Jackson the Eagles’ offense has been average at best save for one strong showing on the ground against the Green Bay Packers. They are averaging just 18.5 points over the last two weeks on offense. 

The hope is that once Jackson returns the field will open up, Jackson can stretch the defense and the offense will get back in sync.

“We don’t put timetables on guys with these types of injuries, these core-muscle deals. I don’t know anything about the injury. I have never had one. I am not that fast. I don’t know how to run that fast. So I don’t know what he is feeling,” Pederson said. “But I know this, the guys that have had them, they have come back and they have come back well. Not to push him, and I don’t want him to feel any added pressure — when he is ready, he is ready.”

As for the other injured Eagles, it is also very unlikely that Jason Peters and Nigel Bradham will play this Sunday. Starting in Peters place will likely be Andre Dillard, with Nate Gerry likely taking over the snaps left open by Bradham’s absence. 

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