Right when it looked like things could not get any worse for the Philadelphia Eagles, another season-ending injury to a key player has surfaced.
Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson will be placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) after fracturing his ribs in Monday night’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, which will effectively end his season.
Jackson has been the Eagles’ number one wide receiver this season, leading the squad in both receptions, with 45, and receiving yards, with 700. Jackson did have difficulty finding the end zone this season, as he was held to just two touchdowns in 11 games.
It is almost comically unfortunate for the Eagles that they have now literally lost their three best offensive players in three consecutive games. QB Michael Vick went down in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys and RB LeSean McCoy was forced to exit last week’s game against the Washington Redskins, after both of them suffered concussions.
Even though Vick and McCoy will likely be able to compete again this season, it will not really matter much to the team as a whole, while the Eagles’ season is more than finished sitting at a ghastly 3-8.
In reality, it looked like Jackson’s production was sure to plummet as soon as Nick Foles took over at quarterback, as the rookie was incapable of getting the ball to the Eagles’ primary receiver. Jackson caught just two passes from Foles for five yards last week in the QB’s first NFL start, and caught just one ball for nine yards against the Panthers on Monday night before leaving with the injury.
Jackson’s injury came on his only rushing attempt of the contest, when he was driven into the ground with great force after a gain of just two yards.
Considering the Eagles have had no legitimate shot at the playoffs for many weeks, Jackson’s injury is more so ‘salt in the wound’ instead of a real heart-breaking revelation.
Riding the wave of an absolutely miserable seven-game losing streak, the Eagles just need to try and not get embarrassed from here on out.
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