DeSean Jackson will be in the lineup Sunday barring any setbacks between now and then, according to Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Jackson sustained a concussion two and a half weeks ago in the Eagles win over the Falcons.
The 5′10″ receiver was caught over the middle by Dunta Robinson, who delivered a vicious hit that played a role in prompting the NFL’s crackdown on dangerous shots to the head. Jackson leads Philadelphia with more than 20 yards per catch and sits second on the team with 395 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air.
Reid didn’t want to commit to having Jackson in the lineup unconditionally, citing the uncertainty involving any player returning from a head injury. “I always leave that open when you’re dealing with concussions, but he had a great practice and he’s been feeling well and ready to roll,” Reid said.
The only Eagles who will miss the game due to injury are left tackle King Dunlap (knee) and cornerback Ellis Hobbs (hip). Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) had full participation again today and will play Sunday, but Antonio Dixon will still get the start. Nick Cole (knee), Brandon Graham (ankle), Jason Peters (knee), Michael Vick (rib) and Juqua Parker (hip) are all listed as probable and expected to play.
Vick says he’s at 100 percent, regardless of his inclusion on the injury report. “I don’t feel any restriction in my movements. I was at practice all week, and I haven’t felt anything so I’m ready to go,” Vick said.
In addition to Vick and Jackson, left tackle Jason Peters returns to the starting lineup on offense after missing time due to minor knee surgery. With so much shuffling, the Eagles will look to guard against any lack of cohesion early on.
“You don’t want that to be the case, so we’re practicing for that not to happen and the players are focused in and practiced so that doesn’t happen so that you can kind of jump start it and get in there,” Reid said. “The reality will be on Sunday, what happens, we’ll just have to see.”
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