Earlier this week, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark reported that “there is big hope” DeSean Jackson can play in this week’s Philadelphia Eagles versus Dallas Cowboys game.
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.