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DeSean Jackson still not practicing, a return this week is unlikely

DeSean Jackson still not practicing, a return this week is unlikely

It certainly doesn’t sound like DeSean Jackson will return this week. 

As the Eagles’ kick off their practice week before Sunday’s matchup in Minnesota, Jackson won’t be joining them. Instead, the 32-year-old will be rehabbing on a side field. 

At least that’s progress, but it’s not happening as quickly as the Eagles or Eagles fans would probably like. 

“DeSean, we’re going to try to at least progress him this week, get him on the field,” Pederson said. “See what he can do, from a rehab standpoint only. See where he’s at and go from there.”

On Monday, Pederson said Jackson’s injury is an abdominal strain and confirmed it isn’t a sports hernia. It just takes time to heal. 

Without practicing this week, it would be highly unlikely that Jackson would be able to play on Sunday. So it’s fair to now start wondering about Jackson’s availability for the Cowboys game on Oct. 20 and going forward. The Eagles are at Minnesota, at Dallas and at Buffalo and then return home to face Chicago before their bye.  

The Eagles are entering the toughest stretch of their schedule and they’re without one of their most dynamic playmakers. It’s a problem. Just look at their lack of downfield attack without him.

Jackson got hurt early in Week 2, so he’s played just one full game this season. It now seems pretty obvious he’s going to miss his fourth straight game on Sunday. 

We all kind of understood that Jackson wasn’t going to play a full season this year. He’s played just two full seasons in his previous 11. But missing him this early in the season and now missing him during this tough stretch certainly isn’t ideal. 

Pederson on Wednesday was asked if the Eagles factored in Jackson’s injury history when they decided to bring him back. 

“It’s part of it, but it’s not what makes or breaks the deal,” he answered. “We knew the type of player we were getting, the explosiveness, an electric player, a player who wanted to be back in Philly. The injury part didn’t factor into it much at all.”

As far as the Eagles’ more long-term injuries, Pederson said there were no updates. That means no practice this week for Ronald Darby (hamstring), Tim Jernigan (foot), Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck). 

Here’s the Eagles’ full injury report from Wednesday: 

Did not participate: Corey Clement (shoulder), Orlando Scandrick (illness), Ronald Darby (hamstring), Tim Jernigan (foot), Avonte Maddox (concussion/neck), Darren Sproles (quad), DeSean Jackson (abdomen) 

Limited: Rodney McLeod (knee), Jason Peters (knee)

Full: Sidney Jones (hamstring) 



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Malcolm Jenkins: Arguments over DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts 'a distraction'

Malcolm Jenkins: Arguments over DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts 'a distraction'

In a brief Instagram video Friday, former Eagles safety and current New Orleans Saint Malcolm Jenkins publicly addressed DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts.

Jenkins called Jackson's comments "wrong", while also calling for an unspecified group to "stay focused".

Here's the full transcription of the video:

We gotta stay focused. All of this back and forth that's going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.

But we've got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor's killers are still not arrested. We're still fighting for justice. We've got a lot of work to do. And this ain't it. Stay focused.

Jenkins also included this caption with the video:

We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country.

Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground.

Jackson cited a fake Hitler quote and anti-Semitic sentiment from Louis Farrakhan in a series of social media posts earlier this week, all of which the Eagles called "absolutely appalling" in a statement.

Jackson has publicly apologized multiple times, and he's committed to working towards a better understanding of anti-Semitism, but also seemingly pushed back against some criticism on Instagram.

Elsewhere, Eagles defensive lineman Malik Jackson defended Jackson's decision to quote Farrakhan, and outspoken former NBA player Stephen Jackson defended Jackson, saying the wide receiver shouldn't have to apologize or be threatened with termination by his employer.

Another former Eagle, Chris Long, called the entire situation a "f*****g disaster" earlier this week.

At this point, it's hard to disagree.

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Eagles' DeSean Jackson is taking Julian Edelman up on offer to educate each other

Eagles' DeSean Jackson is taking Julian Edelman up on offer to educate each other

Looks like DeSean Jackson is taking up Julian Edelman on his offer.

Edelman, who is Jewish, posted on social media Thursday that he hoped to arrange an educational exchange program where he took Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and Jackson took him to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, also in Washington.

"Afterwards, we grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations."

On Friday morning, Edelman tweeted that he had spoken to Jackson, and while he didn't specifically say they were planning to tour the two museums together, he did say they "plan to use our experiences to educate one another and grow together."

Jackson cited a fake Hitler quote in a series of social media posts earlier this week that the Eagles called "absolutely appalling" in a statement.

Edelman's paternal great grandfather, Harry Edelman, was a Polish Jew and emigrated to England, where he married an Irish woman. Edelman, the former Super Bowl MVP, wrote in his autobiography, "Relentless," that he had researched his ancestry to learn more about his Jewish background and has spoken often about experiencing a Jewish reawakening.

In the Eagles' statement, the team said it is "committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."

It's safe to say Jackson was strongly encouraged by team officials to participate in that learning and growth process, and certainly it’s a positive sign that he accepted Edelman's offer.

Edelman, 34, is about six months older than Jackson and one of 13 active NFL players with more career receptions than Jackson. Edelman has 599 and Jackson has 598. Edelman was MVP of Super Bowl LIII after the 2019 season.

The two museums are both located in Washington's museum row, adjacent to the Washington Monument, about a quarter of a mile apart.

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