NFL insider Mike Garafolo doesn’t sound so optimistic about Jackson’s chances, however. Here’s what Garafolo said during a Wednesday evening appearance on NFL Network:
“I know there is some hope that he can come back and play for the Cowboys [game]. [Doug] Pederson has not ruled him out. He certainly could play even if he didn’t practice.
However, my indications — or indications I have received on this one — is that I’m not expecting to see DeSean Jackson out there. So, another missed game for Jackson, who clearly wants to be 100% and not risk re-injury when he gets out there.”
The Eagles desperately need Jackson — who’s been dealing with an abdomen injury since Week 2 — back on the field. Philadelphia’s offense is clearly lacking a vertical element. They’re also just struggling to get good production out of their wide receivers in general. Look at these pitiful stats from the last three games:
Alshon Jeffery: 173 offensive snaps, 19 receptions, 166 yards (8.7 average), 2 TD
Nelson Agholor: 173 offensive snaps, 5 receptions, 62 yards (12.4 average), 0 TD, 1 fumble
Mack Hollins: 109 offensive snaps, 1 receptions, 13 yards, 0 TD
JJ Arcega-Whiteside: 13 offensive snaps, 0 receptions, 0 yards, 0 TD
Jackson did not participate in the Eagles’ Wednesday practice. We’ll see if he makes any progress this week and defies Garafolo’s expectations.
Hard to have a ton of hope.