Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to be activated from injured reserve and play on Sunday in the team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to multiple reports.
Jackson has missed the Eagles last seven games due to an ankle injury he suffered against the New York Giants at the end of a punt return. The veteran receiver had nine catches for 155 yards and no touchdowns prior to going down with an injury.
Jackson has had trouble staying healthy over the last two seasons since returning to the Eagles, and has appeared in just seven of the team’s 33 games.
With the Eagles’ playoff chances on life support, however, they will likely welcome any help they can get. If Jackson is truly ready to to play there is no question that his speed down the field can still benefit the offense, which despite an upgrade at quarterback, has still had some problems stretching the field.
It is unlikely the Eagles would bring Jackson back if they didn’t plan on playing him, which means one of the young receivers — perhaps Quez Watkins — won’t be getting as many snaps as usual.
It is possible these next two games could be the final two Jackson plays in an Eagles’ uniform, as it is expected he will be released this season as the team tries to dig their way out of a huge salary cap deficit.
If Jackson is willing to take a big pay cut, however, he could be back — and these next two games could decide just how willing the Eagles would be to have him on the roster in 2021, regardless of price.
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