Just as things were looking up for the Philadelphia Eagles, their fortunes heading into the Bye Week have taken a significant turn.
According to Ian Rapoport, WR DeSean Jackson will have surgery that is likely going to end his season.
After a stunning season opener where he recorded 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the veteran would then miss the next seven games with an abdominal injury. Details were kept to a minimum and the hope was that he would return again long before the season ends.
Jackson played 4 snaps and caught a single pass before being pulled from the team’s week 9 win over the Chicago Bears as a precaution. Doug Pederson spoke to reporters this morning and said the following when asked about the decision to play him:
“A little bit, but as I said after the game, and I think with [94WIP Morning Show Host] Angelo [Cataldi] this morning, he did feel some discomfort when he was in there. So, really for precautionary measures, we decided to keep him out, evaluate him and we are still gathering some more information on him. Obviously, this is our bye week, so we are going to get all the information and see where we are at with him.
This is a horrifying blow to the Eagles offense. While production has picked up, the receiving corps has been underwhelming at best.
Mack Hollins (1 reception in 6 weeks) continues to see a ridiculous amount of snaps and is doing nothing with them, while JJ Arcega-Whiteside is struggling to even get on the field. Alshon Jeffery just doesn’t look the same and then there’s Nelson Agholor.
The Eagles are going to almost have to bring somebody else in. But who? We’ll get into all of that a little later, but DeSean Jackson’s magical return to the City of Brotherly Love has lost its fairytale ending.
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