DeSean Jackson to IR: What Does the Future Hold for Eagles WR?

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DeSean Jackson to IR: What Does the Future Hold for Eagles WR?
Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

At least the Philadelphia Eagles are staying in the news, even if it's for the wrong reasons. 

On Tuesday, according to this tweet from Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, DeSean Jackson's 2012 season is over:

Later, the team announced the release of defensive end Jason Babin on its website, but let's focus on what Jackson's trip to IR means for the future of the polarizing, inherently explosive, yet sometimes uninspired Eagles wideout. 

He reportedly broke two ribs, which certainly must be painful. However, it's good that his season wasn't prematurely ended due to a lower-body injury, which potentially could have compromised his speed in the years to come.

So, the injury itself isn't necessarily concerning.

At 3-8, with Andy Reid's firing rapidly approaching and Eagles fans wearing paper bags on their heads, the loss of Jackson won't have much of an impact on the rest of the season, if any at all. 

Since Nick Foles was inserted into the starting lineup to spell the injured Michael Vick, Jackson has three receptions for 14 yards in two games. 

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The California alum was signed to a five-year, $47 million deal this offseason (h/t ESPN), which was the sum of an extension he desperately wanted after earning $550,000 in base salary last season. 

Because he's signed long-term, Jackson will be back in Philadelphia next season without question. 

When healthy, and when the Eagles offensive line can offer enough pass protection, Jackson is one of the most dynamic receivers in the game. 

Regardless of who's under center to start 2013, Jackson is a valued commodity that isn't easy to find in the draft or free agency. 

He should be return in time for OTA's, minicamp and training camp and will have plenty of time to establish rapport with the Eagles' starting signal-caller. 

Sending DeSean Jackson to IR could be somber news for an already distraught contingent of Eagles fans. But he'll be back next season, and with a clean bill of health for the various starters who were lost to injury in 2012, the speedy wideout will be primed to contribute next year. 

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