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Eagles Injury Update: Doug Pederson still 'optimistic' DeSean Jackson will play Sunday vs. Bears

Eagles Injury Update: Doug Pederson still 'optimistic' DeSean Jackson will play Sunday vs. Bears

Updated: 3:23 p.m.

Two days before the Eagles’ matchup against the Bears, head coach Doug Pederson is still “optimistic” that DeSean Jackson will play. 

Jackson, 32, has missed the last six games with an abdominal injury, but has been a limited participant in practice all week. He is officially questionable. 

“I’m optimistic that he’ll play,” Pederson said. “We’re going to get through today. He’s had a great week of practice.” 

Pederson said they’ll have to monitor Jackson as the game goes on to see how big of a role he’ll have, but, “as we’ve always said, too, the guys that dress will play. So we’ll see.”

Cornerback Avonte Maddox, who has missed the last four games after suffering a concussion and neck injury in Green Bay, is fully expected to play and man the nickel corner spot against the Bears. Darren Sproles will make his return too. 

Even though the Eagles have a bye week after this coming game, Pederson said if players are healthy enough to play, they will. 

While the Eagles are happy to get Maddox and Sproles back and would also be thrilled to have Tim Jernigan, the big news is Jackson. Since he got hurt early in the Atlanta game, he’s really played just one game this season. In the opener, he caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. 

Without Jackson, the Eagles have desperately missed his downfield threat. Pederson had previously admitted that Jackson likely won’t be back to 100 percent this season, but we’ll have to see how healthy he is when Sunday comes. Even if he isn’t near 100 percent, just the threat he poses can change the way defenses play the Eagles. 

Pederson is obviously well aware of that. 

“I think anytime DeSean is on the field, defenses have to account for that speed and his receiving ability,” Pederson said. “Whether or not he’s the primary on the route could be a different story. I think the respect of what he gets defensively, whether it takes two guys to defend him or if they’re going to just put one guy on him. It definitely helps us as an offense when he’s on the field.” 

Decoy or not, getting Jackson back this Sunday would be huge. And it seems like we’re trending that way. 



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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank is joined by a tired Dave Zangaro, still in Indianapolis at the combine. 

They guys break down Howie Roseman’s recent comments about the linebacker position and Howie’s radio remarks about the Jadeveon Clowney hit. 

The latest on Malcolm Jenkins, the proposed CBA and Rich Scangarello’s role in the Eagles’ offense. 

• Still not ready to spend on linebackers 
• Howie speaks out about Clowney’s hit
• Latest on the Malcolm Jenkins situation 
• A closer look at the proposed CBA and why it’s going to pass 
• Figuring out Rich Scangarello’s importance to the offense 
• And what if the Eagles bring back Alshon Jeffery? 

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NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

Jadeveon Clowney is Public Enemy No. 1 for Eagles fans right now, after his dirty hit in the Wild Card round injured Carson Wentz and ended the Birds' playoff hopes.

Can you imagine facing Clowney twice in 2020? That might end up a reality, according to a report from none other than ESPN's Josina Anderson, another villain from the Wentz hit fallout.

Anderson reports that Clowney is opening to returning to the Seahawks in 2020, but is also open to other opportunities, and could be courted by an Eagles rival:

Ignoring the football implications for now - Clowney, antics aside, is good at football - let's think instead about the absolute mayhem that would meet Clowney when the Giants visited The Linc.

It would probably be... a lot. For a fanbase willing to boo its own guys, that's nothing compared to the wrath Philly fans unleash when they feel they've been wronged by a player, justified or not. Just ask Sidney Crosby how his last decade-plus of visits to this side of the state have been, without anything nearly as malicious on his rap sheet.

The entire organization was angry about the play, from guys like Jason Peters in the hours after the hit to Howie Roseman talking about its lingering effects just this week (see story), which means we'd likely see a fired-up team take the field in that first Giants game, especially if it happened to be at home, emotions swirling in the South Philly winds.

Roseman encapsulated most fans' feelings when he spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday:

We thought that was a foul. We’re sick to our stomach about the way our season ended for our team and Carson in particular. (...) Doug’s sick. Jeffery’s sick about it. Our whole organization is sick about it. We’re there, we have a home playoff game, eight plays in? Come on.

Luckily for Eagles fans seeking to voice their frustration, even if Clowney goes back to Seattle, he'll still visit the Linc next year. But it would be doubly satisfying to beat him while he plays for a division rival.

Can you imagine the roar of the crowd as Wentz spins out of a Clowney sack attempt, rolls to his right, and rifles a pass to Dallas Goedert to go up by two scores? The Linc might not survive.

We'll see what happens.

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