Vincent Jackson's Injury Calling His Integrity To San Diego Chargers in Question

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIINovember 30, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 13:  Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after he scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during their AFC Divisional Playoff game at the RCA Dome on January 13, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chargers won 28-24. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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San Diego Chargers' Vincent Jackson announced he was coming back from injury to play in the game against the Indianapolis Colts.  

The "experts" predicted he would be injured immediately.

"There is no way to get into game shape by practicing," they said, "because you don't go 100 percent in practice."

When their prediction proved true, it was mildly surprising.

With his agents stating that he would not play for the Chargers for the amount of money being offered, people are understandably skeptical about the validity of his injury.

I believe Jackson does have a minor injury, but has no interest in playing hurt due to the lack of commitment from the Chargers.  

I agree with this line of thinking.

If an employer underpaid me because of my off-the-field activities, and then blocked my transition to another company that was willing to pay fair market value after I fulfilled my contract, the word "postal" would come to mind.

From a business standpoint, the Chargers' stance makes perfect sense. On a personal level, well, hit-men have been hired for less than $10 thousand, and the Chargers denied Jackson at least $4 million.

Look at the LaDainian Tomlinson situation: Tomlinson played injured last season and it affected his performance on the field. Tomlinson was evaluated by the Chargers and around the league as being "done" and of little to no value.  He received an incentive-laden contract commensurate what that evaluation. 

If Jackson comes out and has a mediocre performance over the final six games, he will pay the financial price.

People remember the last thing they see.

No one has forgotten how explosive he looked from 2008-2009, but some certainly will if the the Chargers' offense goes in the tank because he can't get away from defensive backs.