Eagles young tight end Tyree Jackson suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s regular season finale, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo first reported the news.
This is a tough blow for the Eagles and for Jackson, who has been a great story since training camp.
Jackson was once a college quarterback for the University at Buffalo but began his transition to tight end just over a year ago. He impressed the Eagles enough during training camp for them to carry him through final cuts despite a fracture in his back.
Eventually, Jackson returned from that injury and became the Eagles’ third-string tight end behind Dallas Goedert and Jack Stoll. Jackson played 171 snaps this season and caught the first three passes of his career on Saturday night against the Cowboys. His first career catch was a touchdown in the first quarter.
But in the second half, Jackson suffered the non-contact injury on a shanked punt. He was visibly frustrated as he was helped to the sideline and was ruled out quickly.
Jackson, 24, will now undergo a lengthy recovery process that will force him to miss time in the spring and likely summer.
For the Eagles, they have a couple tight ends on their practice squad in Richard Rodgers and Noah Togiai. One of them will probably be called up for the playoff run.
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