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Eagles' Malik Jackson has 'significant' injury

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 09, 2019 - 12:18 pm

The Eagles’ victory in Week 1 did not come without a cost. 

Speaking Monday at the NovaCare Complex to reporters, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson revealed that defensive tackle Malik Jackson has a “significant” injury to his left foot/lower leg that will keep him sidelined for what seems like a substantial amount of time. 

"We are still waiting on a few more test results with him," Pederson said, "but it is a significant injury that is going to require some time."

Pederson would not rule Jackson out for the rest of the season, but also wouldn’t commit to him coming back. Jackson was in the locker room after the game with a boot on his left foot and seemed optimistic about the injury. 

"Just a little injury. Football," Jacksons said at the time. "We’ll see what the doctors say.”

The loss of Jackson is a significant one. The Eagles were counting on Jackson to be a crucial part of their pass rush, so-much so that they signed him to a three-year, $30 million deal this past offseason. 

If Jackson is placed on injured reserve it is possible the Eagles could bring him back in eight weeks. The Eagles are only allowed to bring two players back from injured reserve in one season, however. Cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc is already on injured reserve with a foot injury. If Jackson isn't placed on injured reserve he will be inactive each week, but that would mean he is eating up a roster spot. 

How the Eagles handle Jackson remains to be seen, but for now, they are going to be without one of their key defensive linemen for what appears to be at least a few weeks, and definitely next Sunday in Atlanta. 

On the roster the obvious player to step in for Jackson is Timmy Jernigan, who was a starter in 2017 and had a sack on Sunday. The depth, however, now becomes a concern considering how much the Eagles like to shuffle thier defensive linemen in-and-out of the game. Hassan Ridgeway is currently the only healthy backup on the roster since the Eagles only have four defensive tackles. Bruce Hector is on the practice squad and could be brought up before Sunday if the Eagles do indeed decide to place Jackson on injured reserve. 

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