The Philadelphia Eagles are now down one man after the team's OTAs this afternoon, as DB Marlin Jackson suffered a ruptured Achilles Tendon. He may be out for the entire season.
He was attempting to cover second-year WR Jeremy Maclin, and when Jackson went up to defend a pass, he landed awkwardly and immediately knew something bad had just happened.
A former first-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft (29th overall) by the Indianapolis Colts, Jackson now has one more injury to add to his list.
Jackson was a double threat type player with a capability to man both the FS and CB positions. Since the Eagles have a need at both spots, Jackson figured to be a big contributor in 2010 for the Birds.
Prior to his injury this afternoon, Jackson had multiple knee injuries so there was already a few questions surrounding him in this year's training camp. Most of those questions will have to wait another year.
If Jackson is even an Eagle in 2011.
This now puts rookie safety Nate Allen as the expected starter in 2010 and for the unforeseen future.
The Eagles and their fans have to hope that their second-round pick has the goods not only to produce, but to withstand, an entire NFL season. Allen has a perfect opportunity to become a starter and unless he doesn't give it his full effort, expect to see him as such.
There are still players like third-year man Quintin Demps, rookie Kurt Coleman, and Ryan Hamilton all waiting for a shot.
Heck, for all we know, this could really mix things up!
Macho Harris was expected to see a ton of time in training camp playing as a CB—will the Eagles resort to using him as a safety again in his second year?
If that happens, who plays CB?
The Eagles are still okay with Ellis Hobbs entering his fifth year, and as Machos' biggest competition, most have already penciled Hobbs in as the starter, anyway.
Joselio Hanson could see more playing time and rookie Trevard Lindley might play well enough in camp to comfort the front office.
Let's also not forget about third-year man Geoff Pope and two undrafted rookies in Devin Ross and David Pender—any of those three have the potential of stepping up and making a name for themselves.
The point is, there are many scenarios that could now play out as a direct result of Jackson's injury.
Who is going to take this opportunity and fly like an Eagle and who will lack luster in the background is unknown, but this is going to affect the look of Philadelphia's 2010 defense.
Keep the faith Philly, and let this be the only injury we all have to deal with before the season even begins!
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