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Report: DeSean Jackson WILL play in Eagles vs. Bears

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DeSean back, son.

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The Philadelphia Eagles WILL be getting DeSean Jackson back for their Week 9 game against the Chicago Bears, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Jackson hasn’t played since Week 2 due to an abdomen injury. Jackson was officially ruled questionable on the Eagles’ final injury report after being limited in practice all week. Here’s what we wrote on Friday:

Doug Pederson said he’s “optimistic” that Jackson will return to the starting lineup this weekend. That sentiment lines up with media reports that indicate Jackson will play. When asked if he’ll play this weekend, Jackson said: “That’s the plan right now.” But he didn’t really upbeat about it. Hm. It remains to be seen just how effective Jackson will be as he plays through nagging pain but one would imagine his mere presence should help this offense. Jackson’s at least a theoretical threat, which is more than what can be said for a starting receiver with one reception in his last five games (Mack Hollins). It’d be great to see Carson Wentz and Jackson hit on some deep shots like they did in Week 1. And/or Jackson opening space for the underneath passing game.

Jackson’s return could be a big boost for an Eagles team that’s looking to get to 5-4 prior to their Week 10 bye. We’ll see if Jackson’s officially active when the Eagles put out their inactive list at 11:30 AM Eastern on Sunday morning.

The aforementioned Darren Sproles, Timmy Jernigan, and Andrew Sendejo are the three other players the Eagles listed questionable. Schefter notes Sproles will play for the first time since Week 5. The sense I’ve gotten on Jernigan is that he will suit up. No clue on Sendejo.

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UPDATE: More optimism from Ian Rapoport.