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Report: DeSean Jackson still hopes to play this season

One last ride?

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When DeSean Jackson suffered a non-displaced fracture in his ankle back in October, it was reported he’d be out for six-to-eight weeks.

Well, it’s been about eight weeks, and now we have an update on the veteran Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver:

Some thoughts:

  • It’s hard to care much about a Jackson return when the season is likely lost. Don’t want to see Jackson returning and taking snaps away from Jalen Reagor.
  • It’s hard to much about a Jackson return when the 34-year-old is likely to get hurt again if/when he’s back on the field.
  • With those things said, there is part of me that would like to see Jalen Hurts get to play with a healthy Jackson. Interested to see how Hurts does with the deep ball.
  • Doesn’t sound like Jackson is ready to play this week. So that leaves a Week 16 return at the earliest.
  • Jackson has played in just 10.5% of the Eagles’ offensive snaps since Howie Roseman traded for him and gave him a three-year contract worth $27 million. Seems bad.
  • A little interesting to see Clark definitively say that Jackson won’t be back in 2021. Not because it’s surprising; the Eagles cutting or trading Jackson to clear $5.1 million feels inevitable. But is Jackson planning to retire? He should but I don’t think he will.
  • Here’s what Doug Pederson recently had to say about Jackson:

“DeSean’s doing well. Again, not going to put a timetable — I’m optimistic that we get him back, but I want to make sure he’s healthy. But he’s doing well, doing good with everything, the rehab, the whole thing and would love to see him back out before this season ends for sure.”