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DeSean Jackson injury: Eagles WR put on IR with fractured ribs

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Rich Schultz

Every time you think things have hit rock bottom for the Eagles, new depths are discovered. Today, Andy Reid announced that WR DeSean Jackson will be placed on injured reserve after an MRI revealed fracture ribs.

Jackson left last night's game in the first quarter and initially he was diagnosed with just a rib cartilage injury. The injury came on an end around run where Jackson gained only 2 yards. The injury very likely means that Jackson has played his last game for head coach Andy Reid.

The injury leaves the Eagles WR corps in a pretty rough state. Jason Avant is already still out, so that means 2/3rds of the Eagles top 3 WRs are missing. That likely means rookie Damaris Johnson will take Jackson's spot in the starting lineup, as he did last night.

Riley Cooper has been working out of the slot in Jason Avant's absence, although the newly signed slot WR Greg Salas will almost certainly be active next week against Cowboys and could get work there as well.

Perhaps the most disappointing part of this news is how much more difficult it makes any evaluation of rookie QB Nick Foles. He's already playing behind a terrible offensive line and is now down his best WR.