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Report: Eagles' DeSean Jackson Eyeing Return from Injury in Round 2 of Playoffs

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson ahead of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Michael Perez/Associated Press

DeSean Jackson has spent nearly the entire season watching from the sidelines, but he could make a return if the Philadelphia Eagles make a deep run into the postseason.

Tim McManus of ESPN reported Jackson is planning to return for the divisional round of the playoffs if the Eagles advance. The veteran wideout has been ramping up activity of late but is not eligible to return from injured reserve until the second week of the postseason.

Jackson has been limited to just three games this season due to injury, compiling nine receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. His absence has left the Eagles offense without a downfield threat in the passing game, and their offense has been riddled with injuries all season.

"I'm doing everything I can. Continuously put myself in the best position, to get 100 percent—or even better than that, 110 percent," Jackson told reporters last week.

The Eagles clinch the NFC East with a win over the New York Giants next Sunday, a shocking result for a season that seemed dead in the water four weeks ago. Philly has reeled off three straight wins after dropping to 5-7, including Sunday's 17-9 triumph over a Dallas Cowboys team on the brink of an implosion.

Assuming the Eagles manage to get past the Giants next week, they'll have an uphill battle in making it to the second round. The NFC East winner is locked into the No. 4 seed, which means the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks will wait. Monday's result between Green Bay and Minnesota and next Sunday's San Francisco-Seattle clash will decide the seeding of the NFC playoff picture.