As the Eagles’ season goes from bad to worse, they’ve now lost one of their top offensive playmakers.
DeSean Jackson, the wide receiver who guaranteed a Super Bowl when he signed a new five-year contract in March, will miss the rest of this season with fractured ribs, coach Andy Reid announced today. Jackson leads the team with 45 catches for 700 yards, so his loss will be yet another blow to an offense that continues to struggle.
Reid said Jackson’s injury will take about six weeks to heal and shouldn’t affect him during the offseason. (Reid, of course, will have no role in anything Jackson does during the offseason, as Reid is sure to be fired when this season ends.)
Reid also confirmed that left tackle Jason Peters will not play this year, that Peters’ replacement at left tackle King Dunlap will at the very least miss some practice with an MCL sprain, that running back LeSean McCoy is still in Phase 1 of the NFL’s post-concussion protocol and that quarterback Michael Vick has still not been cleared from his own concussion. Injuries have devastated the Eagles’ offense, but Reid declined to blame injuries for his team being 3-8.
“Injuries are not an excuse for our record. The next guy plays. There are no excuses,” Reid said. “Hopefully you have the character on the team where guys will fight to the end. You saw that last night. We’re just not getting it done.”
The Eagles are not getting it done, and with Jackson done, it’s one more sign that Philadelphia may fail to win another game before the season is done.