Still much for Eagles to play for even with DeSean Jackson out indefinitely

Dave Uram
November 08, 2019 - 10:32 am
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) during pregame warmups against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Even though the Eagles were off this week, a lot happened with your football team. 

Despite his efforts to return after playing virtually only one game this season, DeSean Jackson aggravated his abdominal injury to the point that he needed core muscle surgery, landing him on injured reserve, ending his regular season. The only way he could potentially play again this year is if the Eagles go on a playoff run. This was certainly a very unfortunate development. 

"It's very disappointing," WIP's and NBC Sports Philadelphia's Ray Didinger told KYW Newsradio. "You waited this long, and you're hoping he's going to come back. I was susprised that they chose to play him (against Chicago) last week, knowing that they had a bye week coming up immediately after that. I kind of thought the more prudent course may have been to just let him get a lot of rest two more weeks and hopefully he comes back healthier for the two big games against New England and Seattle. But they put him on the field, and right from the beginning he just didn't look right." 

Jackson didn't make it past the first series. The Voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese, said the same thing as Didinger: disappointing. 

"The excitement surrounding his return, just watching him come out of the tunnel last week and warm up before Sunday's game was exciting," Reese said. "And there was a buzz when he split wide on the first play of the game, but look, it's not to happen." 

As a result of Jackson's injury, the Eagles are reportedly bringing back former second-round pick Jordan Matthews, who was a free agent after a very short stint with the undefeated San Francisco 49ers. The team hasn't confirmed anything as of Friday morning, but if Matthews is coming back, this will be his third go around in Philadelphia. He's not a speed guy like Jackson, but he's best buds with Carson Wentz and is familiar with what the Eagles do. 

"At this point in the middle of November, there's not a lot of options out there," Didinger said. "And you looked at the guys that were available as 'street free agents,' as they're called, and I mean Matthews probably made the most sense, because he's a guy who has been here before, has real familiarity with Carson Wentz, and he with him." 

And even though there's no Eagles game this weekend, there is a huge game for you to watch Sunday night — Cowboys hosting the Vikings. What happens to Dallas directly affects the NFC East standings. The Vikings outcome affects the NFC standings. 

"And just from a football fan standpoint, it's a fascinating game to watch and see what the Cowboys are, because from week to week they seem like kind of a different team," Didinger said. "I mean they struggled for a while against the Giants on Monday night and then put them away, but some weeks they look like a terrific team and other weeks they look like a vulnerable team."

Dallas enters 5-3 and the Vikings 6-2.