What Malik Jackson's 'significant' injury could mean for Eagles

What Malik Jackson's 'significant' injury could mean for Eagles

The Eagles picked up a Week 1 win, but might have lost one of their biggest free agent acquisitions in the process. 

Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson suffered a “significant” foot injury during Sunday’s season opener that is “going to require some time” to heal, according to head coach Doug Pederson. 

The Eagles are still awaiting some test results that will tell them if Jackson needs surgery, so Pederson couldn’t say whether or not Jackson has a chance to return this season. 

Either way, the loss of Jackson is a significant one. The Eagles signed the 29-year-old former Pro Bowler to be the starter next to Fletcher Cox and upgraded one of the weakest spots from the 2018 roster. 

Jackson needed to be carted into the locker room from the sideline after getting hurt in the fourth quarter and was wearing a walking boot on his foot in the locker room. After the game, Jackson called it “a little injury,” but this is clearly more than that. 

Without Jackson, the Eagles at least have much better depth at DT than they did a season ago. Presumably, Tim Jernigan will see the biggest upswing in snaps, followed by Hassan Ridgeway. 

Jernigan missed most of last season after a back surgery. And Ridgeway was added in a trade on Day 3 of the draft in the spring. 

Jernigan on Sunday picked up his first full sack since Nov. 19, 2017. He’s finally healthy. 

“I thought Jernigan was disruptive at times,” Pederson said. “I thought Hassan got in there, especially late in the game when Malik came out and had a couple pressure moments there. And getting in game action, it’s a little different. Speed’s a little different. I thought both guys were disruptive and Timmy in particular did some really nice things.” 

The Eagles cut Treyvon Hester at final cuts and then Hester signed with the Redskins, so the Eagles are light at defensive tackle. They have Bruce Hector on the practice squad, so he could possibly be called up. Pederson said the team might make a roster move on Tuesday. 

As they did at times on Sunday anyway, the Eagles can also move Brandon Graham or Vinny Curry inside to play DT on passing downs. Both players have done that plenty in their careers, but Pederson admitted that puts some extra stress on those edge rushers.

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Eagles' Alex Singleton waited years for chance to play in NFL

Eagles' Alex Singleton waited years for chance to play in NFL

Alex Singleton faced a huge decision after the Eagles released him on Aug. 30 following a strong preseason.

Go back to the CFL, where he was a two-time all-star and a job was waiting, or stick around in Philly and toil in anonymity on the Eagles’ practice squad.

Singleton said he would have been more than happy to head back to the Calgary Stampeders if it didn’t work out here.

But as much as he loved his time in Canada, his dream has always been to play in the NFL. So he swallowed his pride and toiled in anonymity on the practice squad the last six weeks, hoping for a shot at the 53-man roster.

The conversations I had with management upstairs and the coaches and everything, I knew the opportunity would come,” Singleton said. “Just keep working, keep developing my craft, and the time would come, and there’s no better time for it to come.

Surprisingly, you can earn more money on an NFL practice squad, where the minumum salary is $8,000 a week, than in the CFL, where the average salary is about $4,500 a week.

But it wasn’t really about the money for Singleton, who got a raise to $29,264 per week with his promotion to the 53-man roster.

I wanted to be here,” he said. “That was why I didn’t just leave after the preseason. If there was a legit chance I'll be playing football for the Philadelphia Eagles. I was going to stay, and now when it comes full circle, I'm happy I got that opportunity.

Singleton, 25, is actually the Eagles’ oldest healthy linebacker right now.

He takes the roster spot that opened up when the Eagles released starter Zach Brown on Tuesday.

It looks like undrafted rookie T.J. Edwards will get a lot of Brown’s reps, and Singleton will move into Edwards’ role as a special teamer and backup linebacker.

One hundred percent ready,” Singleton said. “I've been ready since that last preseason game and I've been ready to play for this team probably since OTAs. And I'm just excited to just go out there and continue to do what I've done you know in practice and in the preseason. … It's what I've been planning for for the last you know, six months and the last five years.

Singleton graduated from Montana State in 2015, went undrafted and then had brief stints in camp with the Seahawks, Patriots and Vikings, but he was released each time. He just wasn’t ready. 

He said the Alex Singleton of 2015 and the Alex Singleton of 2019 are completely different people and completely different football players. 

Oh, night and day,” he said. “If I could go back to myself then coming out of Montana State? I didn't know much. I didn't know how to study. Not that I wouldn't have said I was ready to be a pro, but myself now? I'm so much more prepared now. I know how to prepare now.

It’s certainly an unusual route to the NFL that Singleton is taking. The Ventury County, Calif., native gave the NFL a shot, it didn’t work out, had three excellent years in Canada, and is ready to give the NFL another shot.

This is the ultimate longshot story. Could an undrafted linebacker from the CFL really make an impact for the Eagles? It became a little less improbable this week.

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Eagles at Cowboys 2019: TV schedule, stream and storylines

Eagles at Cowboys 2019: TV schedule, stream and storylines

The Eagles (3-3) are traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys (3-3) in a huge Sunday Night Football matchup at AT&T Stadium.

Here’s everything you need to know:

6:30 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP

8:20 p.m.: Eagles at Cowboys on NBC

11:30 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP

1:30 a.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP

You can stream the game here.

The NBC broadcast team for Eagles-Cowboys is Al Michaels (play by play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline).

Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP.

The referee for this game is Jerome Boger. Boger hasn’t been the ref for an Eagles game since September 2017, against the Giants.

A huge matchup

Aside from this just being a rivalry game, these two teams are really in a two-horse rase to win the NFC East. And based on their .500 records after six weeks, it looks like just one of them will get to the playoffs. Now, that could obviously change; the Eagles had a good finish last year and won a wild card. But this game is huge. The Eagles are coming off an 18-point loss in Minnesota and the Cowboys have dropped three straight after winning three to start the season against lousy competition. 

Did Doug guarantee it? 

Doug Pederson claims he didn’t guarantee a win against Dallas on Monday morning on WIP, but let’s not get into a semantics debate. He still used some really strong words.

“We’re going down to Dallas and our guys are going to be ready to play and we’re going to win that football game. And when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East.”

Pederson said he’s very confident in his team because, despite the 18-point loss, he thinks most of their mistakes are correctable. This would be a good week to correct them.

Injuries will play a role

Both teams are coming into this game banged up. The Cowboys probably won’t have Amari Cooper and their starting offensive tackles and two starting corners will either be out or less than 100 percent. And the Eagles will likely be without Jason Peters, Nigel Bradham and still without DeSean Jackson.

This is life in the NFL, but we’ll learn some things about both teams’ depth in this game.

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