DeSean Jackson raves in regards to the recreation plan after catching two lengthy landing passes.
Martin Frank, The Information Journal
PHILADELPHIA – It seems as if defensive sort out Malik Jackson will miss at the least the subsequent few weeks, and presumably for much longer, with a foot damage.
Jackson, whom the Eagles signed to a three-year, $30 million contract in the course of the offseason, left Sunday’s recreation late within the fourth quarter on a cart. After the Eagles’ 32-27 win over Washington, Jackson mentioned he did not know when the damage occurred.
“We’re nonetheless ready on just a few extra take a look at outcomes with him, however it’s a big damage that is going to require a while,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson mentioned.
Pederson mentioned he did not know if Jackson would wish surgical procedure, saying the take a look at outcomes Monday would decide that. When requested if a roster transfer must be made, implying that Jackson might go on injured reserve, Pederson replied: “We will wait and see. If we do (make a transfer), we could do one thing (Tuesday).”
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Pederson did not specify the kind of damage. If Jackson goes on IR, he could be eligible to return later this season, however he must miss at the least eight weeks.
Pederson was additionally requested if the damage might preserve Jackson out for the remainder of the season. To this, Pederson mentioned: “Till we discover out extra, I actually cannot reply that right now.”
After the sport, Jackson had a strolling boot in his locker. He mentioned it was, “just a bit damage. Soccer. We’ll see what the docs say.”
For now, the Eagles would slide Tim Jernigan into Jackson’s spot subsequent to Fletcher Cox. Jernigan was a starter for the Eagles in 2017 earlier than struggling a again damage that required surgical procedure in the course of the offseason. That damage was non-football associated, and Jernigan mentioned final season that it was profession threatening.
However Jernigan returned to play three video games final season, plus two playoff video games. The Eagles launched Jernigan in March moderately than have him depend $13 million in opposition to the wage cap. Later, they signed him to a one-year contract.
Jernigan rotated in at defensive sort out and performed 37% of the defensive snaps. That may go up considerably. He additionally had the Eagles’ solely sack of the sport.
“I’ve seen the boldness, clearly, getting back from the damage,” Pederson mentioned about Jernigan. “He is received lots of vitality. He is an excitable man. He loves enjoying the D-line place. Simply any individual that brings a stage of vitality and energy to the within. Now, he is clearly going to get a chance right here the subsequent few weeks to play a bit bit extra.”
The Eagles signed Jackson so they would not have to maneuver their defensive ends inside on passing downs, one thing they did usually final season with both Brandon Graham or Michael Bennett, who’s now not on the group.
The Eagles might do it this season with Graham or Vinny Curry. In that case, they could look so as to add a defensive finish to hurry the passer on third downs, maybe somebody like Chris Lengthy, who served that function final season whereas registering 6.5 sacks.
Lengthy retired after final season. It is attainable that Jackson’s signing may need had one thing to do with Lengthy’s choice, since he would have misplaced enjoying time.
One other former Eagles defensive finish, Connor Barwin, can be not with a group.
“It simply taxes these guys a bit extra, having to maneuver them round,” Pederson mentioned about shifting Graham and/or Curry inside to sort out on passing downs. “That is one thing that we will should suppose onerous, and look onerous at, these subsequent couple of days shifting ahead.”
As for Cox, he performed for the primary time since hurting his foot within the Eagles’ playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints final January, an damage that required surgical procedure. Cox performed 66% of the snaps Sunday.
He, too, will seemingly play way more with Jackson out. Cox performed 80% of the defensive snaps final season.
The Eagles have defensive sort out Bruce Hector on the observe squad. If the Eagles determine in opposition to signing a defensive finish, Hector might get a promotion to the 53-man roster if Jackson goes on IR.
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