SECOND UPDATE: ESPN’s Tim McManus says the Eagles are optimistic about DeSean Jackson playing in Week 1, so that’s good.
DeSean Jackson expected to see a hand specialist [on Wednesday, August 28] to be on safe side, a source said. There’s confidence in building he’ll play Week 1. The fact that the injury is on his left, non-dominant hand, is helpful.
FIRST UPDATE: ESPN’s Josina Anderson had this to say about DeSean Jackson’s injury:
Source: Re: Eagles WR Desean Jackson fractured ring finger, Jackson was told it is a 3-4 [week] injury. He’s scheduled to try out a custom splint tomorrow, at this time. I’m told, he’s not sure what his comfort will be playing [with] it, will determine later if he’ll play [before] fully healed.
Well, this report doesn’t sound quite as optimistic as the one that Ian Rapoport put out. Hopefully Jackson doesn’t end up missing any playing time. The Eagles’ Week 1 game is only 12 days away.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson broke the ring finger on his left hand during today’s practice, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. But before the panic sets in, RapSheet also noted that Jackson is “not expected to miss time and the team is not concerned.”
Hopefully Rapoport’s right about this one.
Even if Jackson isn’t expected to miss time, it still doesn’t seem ideal that a guy whose job involves catching passes is dealing with a broken finger. We’ll see if Jackson ends up struggling with drops early in the season.
Still, Jackson getting hurt in practice could’ve been a lot worse. A broken finger isn’t going to suddenly slow him down as a deep threat.
Jackson’s had a fantastic offseason with the Eagles in his first one back with the team. He’s already established a strong on-field chemistry with Carson Wentz and it’s only a matter of time before we see those two connecting for explosive plays in 2019.