DeSean Jackson was held out of preseason in order to keep him healthy, playing just seven snaps in one game with only one target.
The best laid plans were foiled on Tuesday when the veteran receiver suffered a broken ring finger on his left hand, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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Since training camp is over, the media is only allowed to watch only warm-up drills at practice, so nobody saw the incident occur. Jackson was not seen in the locker room after practice.
Rapoport’s initial report said that the break wasn’t concerning to the Eagles and that he was expected to be ready for the season opener. Another report, however, this one from ESPN’s Josina Anderson, contradicted Rapoport.
Anderson reported that Jackson was told it’s a three- to four-week injury and that he was scheduled to try a custom splint at Wednesday’s walkthrough practice. Anderson said that Jackson is not sure what his comfort will be playing with it and would determine later if he will be fully healed enough to play in the first game and beyond.
The Eagles had no comment on the report.
Jackson, 32, is being counted on to be a big part of the offense and he and quarterback Carson Wentz had developed some good chemistry on deep balls throughout the summer.
If Jackson cannot play for a week or two or more, that could have an effect on the Eagles’ decision-making in trimming their roster to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. It could mean that the Eagles may need to keep six receivers until Jackson is healed.
The Eagles are deep at receiver, especially with the preseason emergence of second-round rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, so losing Jackson shouldn’t hurt the team in the long run.
Still, it is a surprising development with the start of the regular-season less than two weeks away.