The Eagles’ opening-day win over the Washington Redskins didn’t come without a price after head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday that the team could be without defensive tackle Malik Jackson for an extended period.
“We’re still waiting on a few more test results with him, but it’s a significant injury that’s going to require some time,” said Pederson.
Jackson was carted off late in the game with what appeared to be a left foot injury. In the locker room afterward, he was in a walking boot, but didn’t seem to think it was a serious injury.
VIDEO: Doug Pederson talks about whether or he got enough out of his pass rush on Sunday
Evidently, some of the tests conducted later on Sunday told a different story.
Pederson said the team is still waiting on a few more test results.
When asked if the injury could be season-ending, he said that he could not answer that right now until more test results come in.
Jackson was one of the Eagles’ high-priced free agent signings in the offseason. He was being counted on to team with Fletcher Cox inside to drive a quarterback’s pocket backwards.
Pederson said a roster move could be forthcoming on Tuesday.
The Eagles have Bruce Hector on the practice squad and it could be him who gets the promotion.
Hector, 24, was traded to the Cardinals during training camp for safety Rudy Ford, but when the Cardinals waived him as part of their final cuts, the Eagles signed him back. He played in eight games for the Eagles last season, getting 82 snaps (8 percent).
The onus for the Eagles’ defensive line now, however, will fall on Tim Jernigan and, probably to a lesser extent, Hassan Ridgeway.
“I thought Jernigan was disruptive at times,” said Pederson. “I thought Hassan got in there, especially late in the game when Malik came out (and) had to have a couple pressure moments there. Getting in game action, speed is a little different, but I thought both guys were disruptive. Timmy in particular did some really nice things.”
Jernigan, who was injured most of last year, tested the market after being released in the offseason, but ended up returning to the team. He recorded the only sack of the day for the Eagles on Sunday.
“I’ve seen the confidence, obviously, number one, coming back from the injury that he sustained then two, he’s got a lot of energy,” said Pederson. “He’s an excitable guy, he loves playing, loves playing the D line position, just somebody that brings a level of energy and power to the inside.
"Now he’s going to obviously get an opportunity here probably the next few weeks to play a little bit more.”
The Eagles could also slide ends Brandon Graham or Vinny Curry into the defensive tackle spot on passing downs, though Pederson seemed hesitant to commit to doing that.
“It just taxes those guys a little bit more having to move them around,” said the coach. “That’s something that we’re really going to have to think hard and look hard at these next couple of days before we move forward.”
As for how he thought his pass rush performed on Sunday, Pederson said: “I thought the second half we (did better). First half, and, again, by design, the ball was coming out of Case’s hand pretty quick, a lot of play action up there, seven- and eight-man protection schemes, so it kind of stymied the rush a little bit.
“I thought in the second half we made a conscious effort to really get after him and their offensive linemen. With the four guys we did pressure a little bit, and made the difference in the second half.”
NOTES: Pederson is now 4-0 in season openers as the Eagles’ head coach…The Eagles have won five in a row over Washington.