It's no secret Redskins WR DeSean Jackson likes playing against his former team. In two games last year against the Eagles, Jackson went for more than 240 yards on nine catches and a touchdown.
Unceremoniously cut by Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly after the 2013 season, it seemed Jackson truly enjoyed burning the Eagles deep IN 2014. It showed when Jackson did an awkward Eagles flying touchdown celebration that ended with a kick.
So with the Eagles coming to D.C. this weekend for a matchup with the 'Skins, it would only make sense Jackson wants to be on the field. Problem is the speedster wideout is hurt.
Washington coach Jay Gruden was asked the odds of Jackson hitting the field on Sunday, and the coach didn't sound optimistic.
“He’s still day-to-day," Gruden said Wednesday. "He didn’t do anything out there today, so we’ll have to wait and see how he does tomorrow if he’s going to run any tomorrow.”
Jackson vs. the Eagles is also an angle the team likes to highlight, it appears anyway. Putting Jackson's picture on the ticket for the Eagles game is unlikely a mere coincidence.
Could Redskins tickets picture an inactive player for the second time in three games? Maybe! http://t.co/OWgjV0jelo pic.twitter.com/P6F2Uwo3f3
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) October 1, 2015
As for the actual game on Sunday, unless Jackson is able to fully practice the team should not play him against Philly. Coming back from a hamstring injury for a speed guy is dangerous enough, soft tissue injuries are notoriously unreliable, and playing on a sloppy, wet field will only make matters worse.
Unless he's 100 percent, DeSean should again be inactive, no matter what the WR may say. For a team with a recent uncertain history about letting players try and talk their way through injuries, this should not be a repeat episode.
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