Latest On DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has an abdominal strain that is expected to sideline him for about two weeks, sources tell ESPN’s Tim McManus. Making matters worse, Philadelphia is unlikely to have Alshon Jeffery in Week 3. Both suffered injuries against the Falcons.

It is unclear when the injury actually occurred, but Jackson was not listed on the Eagles’ Week 2 injury report. However, he felt discomfort during warmups and only played 11 snaps on offense against the Falcons before exiting. Jeffery is dealing with a calf strain. Although not considered major, Jeffery’s status for the Eagles’ Week 3-4 games — which occur in a 10-day span — is in some doubt, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Jackson had originally hoped to play this Sunday against the Lions, but the Eagles will undoubtedly remain cautious with their speedster. The veteran logged eight receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia’s Week 1 victory against the Redskins. His presence as a deep threat is extremely valuable to the offense.

With Jackson and Jeffery both potentially out for two weeks, the Eagles are down to three healthy receivers on their 53-man roster: Nelson AgholorMack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Arcega-Whiteside and Hollins played 93% and 85% of the snaps last week, respectively, due to the injuries to Jackson and Jeffery.

In the interim, the Eagles could look to promote either Greg Ward or Marcus Green from their practice squad, along with potentially signing ex-Eagle free agent Jordan Matthews. Matthews, who had three productive years for the organization between 2014 and 2016, was among the final cuts for the 49ers this past August. Matthews worked out for the Saints on Tuesday.

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21 comments on “Latest On DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery

  1. Polish Hammer

    Bad enough they have one hurt but both? And they go from Sunday to fly to Green Bay and play them Thursday night with a very short week. Idiotic scheduling when the league does this, nobody should have to fly cross country on short week.

    • Steven Juris

      Poor babies, Bears had to suck it up last year and didn’t use that excuse. Must suck to be a fan of the Philadelphia Baby Eagles led by their always injured QB. Shame they let their best QB go to keep him.

      • Christopher_Oriole

        Yeah, Nick Foles has looked tremendous for the Jags this year….oh wait.

        • Steven Juris

          That’s because he’s playing for a pathetic organization. Wentz is incapable of being healthy to play in a playoff game let alone winning a Super Bowl. Foles won more big games in his career then every single other Eagle QB in the entire history of the franchise especially weak boned, girlie Wentz. Face it, Wentz will get hurt and the franchise will fight the Giants for third place. Not bad enough to draft a real QB.

    • cjhubbard17

      Fly across country?? I didn’t know Philly to Green Bay was cross country. Good to know

      • Polish Hammer

        Half way there and they have to fly. They only teams being forced to go on the road on a short week should be those within a short distance, the regional rivalries. The league claims to care about injuries but those banged up continue to fight through it and sets back the recovery.

        • Rich

          Regional Rivalries like Dallas-NYG or Colts-Jaguars?

          You can only put Eagles/Ravens or Ravens/Redskins out every 4-years. Same with Lions/Browns. You get two shots at Browns/Steelers, Giants/Eagles/Redskins a year. Who’s riding a bus between games these days?

          • Polish Hammer

            Raiders/Rams
            giants/Jet/Bills
            Browns/Steelers
            Dolphins/Jags

            I could go on and on and on…
            Teams traveling on short weeks are ridiculous IMO as is the idiotic travel to Europe. Home games are already enough of an advantage when the opponent is crossing time zones and/or the Atlantic it’s not right.

            • compassrose

              I get a kick out of east coast and central fans complaining about flights. Try doing a west coast teams travel. Then starting a game at 10am our time. We have all had to fly into another time zone or two to play a Thursday game. Those are killers.

    • DarkSide830

      it happens. trying to fit 30 teams playing another team weak in and out with short and long weeks is going to burn someone. happens to a few teams every year.

    • Dorothy_Mantooth

      Flying from Philly to Green Bay is not flying across the country; it’s a two hour flight! That’s my daily commute time

    • jabl

      Philadelphia to Green Bay is not cross country; all teams have a Thursday game.

    • rodgerspack26

      how is philly to GB…across country lol… across country would be philly going to the west coast…lol

      • Polish Hammer

        lol… Sure thing lol…nice for you because you’re boys are staying home for both games…lol

  2. Matthew Heywood

    Since when is flying from philly to Green Bay cross country? It’s at most a two hour flight . Do you want some whine with your cheese?

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