Philadelphia Eagles wideouts DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery may be out for longer than expected.
If you were to say the Philadelphia Eagles would get through the 2019 NFL season without losing critical players to injuries, we would never believe you. Seeing as though Philly has been one of the most injured teams in the league over the last two seasons, we just expect the team to lose a couple of guys throughout the year regardless.
However, nobody could guess that the Eagles would be THIS injured THIS early into the year. As of Wednesday’s after practice injury report, nearly 25-percent of the team was listed with some sort of setback they are dealing with. And no, that’s not an exaggeration.
Worst of all, it happens to be some of the most important players on the team. We saw the Eagles battle against the Atlanta Falcons without their top two wideouts, who accounted for four touchdowns in week one. Suddenly, the Eagles will play the next couple of games without them
DeSean Jackson has been dealing with a groin injury, which also was diagnosed as an abdominal injury earlier in the week. His timetable for return is expected to be in two weeks. As for Alshon Jeffery, he’s dealing with a calf injury, which hasn’t really been updated quite yet.
By the sounds of it though, Jeffery is expected to miss some time as well. The hope is that he returns around the same time as Jackson — but that’s not a guarantee. Actually, it sure sounds like neither of their returns are set in stone for two weeks.
The latest report:
As reported by Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton, an NFL Network report didn’t leave promising news regarding Jeffery and Jackson’s return. “If both of those guys are back on the field for Week 5 against the Jets, I would consider that a really good outcome for the Eagles.”
Initial reports speculate that is the targeted return for both receivers, but it sure sounds like that’s far from a guarantee. We can’t say we’re surprised though. As Jackson was suggested surgery for his mishap earlier this week, his injury seems to be a lot more serious.
As for Alshon, we’re not quite sure what the official diagnosis is beyond a calf strain. For both players though, Doug Pederson labeled them as having a “day to day” status. As we’ve learned in the past, “day to day” can become “week to week” and sometimes even “month to month.” Get ready for a long season, Eagles fans — this one’s going to be an interesting ride.