UPDATE: Well, so much for this! DeSean Jackson is going to have surgery and potentially miss the rest of the 2019 season.
Original story below.
DeSean Jackson’s return to the field for the first time since Week 2 didn’t last very long. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver left the team’s Week 9 game against the Chicago Bears after just four snaps and one reception for five yards.
After the game, Doug Pederson had the following to say about Jackson’s status.
Q. How is DeSean Jackson doing after coming out? What was the plan with DeSean today?
DOUG PEDERSON: Well, the plan was to play him obviously, so we’ll have some more testing done in the morning. I’ll probably have a better update on him [tomorrow on Monday], but the plan was to play him.
Q. The entire game?
DOUG PEDERSON: Yeah.
Q. Did he tweak himself or is this precautionary?
DOUG PEDERSON: Precautionary right now. We’ll get some more testing on it. Find out tomorrow.
Pederson had even more to say about Jackson when speaking with Angelo Cataldi on the SportsRadio 94WIP Morning Show on Monday.
DOUG PEDERSON: “Leading up to the game, he had been in his rehab and running and felt really good, had a great week of practice and preparation. And we had looked at the Bears game as a possible date for him to return and play. And he felt good. It was something that we had a lot of collaboration on with our doctors. But with DeSean, you know, to play in this football game, he was going to be limited. We knew that going in, he wasn’t going to play the full game. And so everybody was comfortable with that decision. And he gets into the football game and he had a moment there where he did sense something, felt something, so we took him in for really precautionary reasons. And everything what I heard after the game checked out good. We’ll check him again this morning. I’ll get an update here in a little while. But fully expect him to be good in a couple weeks.”
Jackson staying healthy is critical for this team. The Eagles’ passing offense is looking pretty hopeless without him. There’s just no explosive element.
The Eagles have been able to win in spite of terrible wide receiver production the past two weeks. Playing Josh Allen and Mitchell Trubisky has helped in that regard. The Eagles will find no such reprieve with the next two quarterbacks they’re set to face: Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.
If the Eagles are going to make a serious run after their Week 10 bye, they’re going to need Jackson back. Hopefully he’ll be good to go. If not, well, that’s not good.