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An all-time great Eagle may suit up again this year

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Remember DeSean Jackson?

Fast guy? Three-time Pro Bowler? Was really good before Chip sent him packing?

Turns out we might see him again this year.

Doug Pederson left the door open Friday for Jackson to return to action before the end of the season.

Jackson has played just one game since Week 3 and hasn't played in a month and a half. He's played just 136 snaps out of a possible 27 games since his 154-yard game against Washington in last year's opener.

“DeSean’s doing well,” Pederson said. “Again, not going to put a timetable (on him). Optimistic that we get him back, but I want to make sure he’s healthy. But he’s doing well, doing good with everything, the rehab, the whole thing and would love to see him back out before this season ends, for sure.”

Jackson, whose second stint with the Eagles has been essentially limited to just four games, hasn’t played since Corey Ballentine and Madre Harper cheap shotted him after he was down following a 4th-quarter punt return in the win over the Giants on Oct. 22.

Jackson, in his first game back after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, suffered a high ankle sprain and fracture in his leg.

He was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 26, so he’s been out for five games and six weeks. 

Jackson had 13 catches for 155 yards in four games and his 39 yards per game places him third on the team behind Travis Fulgham (58) and Dallas Goedert (48).

 

Jackson, who turned 34 earlier this week, ranks sixth in Eagles history with 378 catches and fourth with 6,431 yards, just 33 fewer than Mike Quick in third place. 

But after spending his first six years with the Eagles and then three with Washington and two in Tampa, his return to Philly with a three-year, $28 million contract has been one injury after another. 

After catching two 50-yard TDs from Carson Wentz in last year's opener, he suffered a core muscle injury a week later in Atlanta and only caught one more pass for five yards in two brief appearances before shutting down for the year and undergoing surgery.

It’s considered unlikely Jackson will return to the Eagles next year, at least not under his current contract. He’s due to earn $8.2 million with a $10.9 million cap hit, and the Eagles could save a little over $5 million under the cap if they release him. 

Jackson’s 24 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards are the most in NFL history, one more than Jerry Rice.