DeSean Jackson Injury: Latest Updates on Eagles WR's Collarbone

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

DeSean Jackson entered the Philadelphia Eagles' Monday-night game as the team's most healthy playmaker, but that all changed in the first half.

UPDATE: Tuesday, November 27 at 12:07 p.m. ET

Awful news for Eagles fans and fantasy owners as DeSean Jackson will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a rib injury yesterday, the Eagles announced on Twitter.

DeSean Jackson goes to IR with fractured ribs in his chest.

— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) November 27, 2012

AR: Jackson's injury looks to be about a 6 week injury, should not linger into offseason.

— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) November 27, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 27 at 1:47 a.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

DeSean Jackson has a rib cartilage injury and has swelling in his chest, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He is scheduled to undergo an MRI and a CT scan on Tuesday morning.

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to WPVI-TV's Jeff Skversky, Jackson's X-rays are negative, but he probably will not return to Monday night's game:

DeSean Jackson's Xrays are negative on his collarbone but his return is doubtful. So no Vick, McCoy, Avant & likely no DJ rest of way

— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) November 27, 2012

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According to The Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeff McLane, Jackson is undergoing X-rays for a chest and collarbone injury:

DeSean Jackson getting x-rays on chest and collarbone.

— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 27, 2012


Jackson had just one catch for nine yards and ran the ball once for another two before leaving Monday night's game, but he's still one of the Eagles' only reasons for optimism. He can be frustrating at times, but he's still a dynamic open-field threat.

Entering the game, Jackson had 44 catches for nearly 700 yards and two touchdowns. Losing him would be a major blow to an Eagles offense that's already beat up.

Although Jackson doesn’t quell the Eagles’ need for a possession wide receiver, this team will take whatever it can get right now. At 3-7, they really just need capable options on the outside.

The offensive line doesn’t always give the quarterback time to throw in Philadelphia, but Nick Foles, or Michael Vick, must have someone to look for when they aren’t lying on their back. Jackson has proved himself to be that guy this season, even if he is inconsistent.

If Jackson can't go, expect Damaris Johnson, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant to receive more attention from Foles. None of those guys can match Jackson’s big-play ability, but there are reasons to like Avant right now.

Philadelphia needs a large target. Jackson definitely isn’t that guy, and neither is Jeremy Maclin. Avant, even though he isn’t fast, has solid hands and good size. He is familiar with the offense and would do just fine in a larger role.

Losing Jackson for any length of time would just add to the Eagles' misery this season. He’s one of the NFL’s most exciting players to watch, and this team needs all the help it can get.

Stay tuned for updates regarding his status.