Philadelphia Eagles wide-receiver DeSean Jackson has been suffering from an abdominal strain dating back to the Eagles’ Week 2 game against the Atlanta Falcons. The injury is going to keep him from playing in Philadelphia’s game this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. According to league sources, Jackson is hoping to return next week against the Dallas Cowboys, but could be out until Week 9 against the Chicago Bears.
According to ESPN, Jackson did not practice Wednesday. Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson commented on Desean’s status and said, “DeSean, we’re going to progress him this week, get him on the field, see what he can do from a rehab standpoint only, see where he’s at, and go from there.”
Pederson also added, “I would think with a guy like DeSean, he’s a track guy, he’s a runner, obviously he’s got to have a level of comfort with that injury, all the stopping and starting and things of that nature. It’s really until I think he gets to that point that we make a decision.
Jackson, 32, is in his second stint with the Eagles. He was acquired during the offseason to provide Philly QB Carson Wentz with a deep-threat option. Hampered by his absence, Philadelphia currently ranks towards the bottom of the league in pass plays of 20 yards or more. Since being drafted out of California University in 2008, the speedster has made a career as a consistent long-play option, averaging 17.4 yards per reception. For his career, DeSean has 597 receptions for 10,415 yards, to go along with 55 touchdowns.
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