Have Philadelphia Eagles fans seen the last of 2 team legends?

Jason Peters (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Jason Peters (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

For Philadelphia Eagles fans, the news on DeSean Jackson isn’t good.

Watching DeSean Jackson get assisted off of the field put a pit in the stomach of just about every Philadelphia Eagles fan as the vision of seeing his inability to walk off under his own power wiped away any excitement that you may have built up after seeing the ‘Birds’ run a reverse with ’10’ to get the action going in Week 7.

For weeks, fans of this great franchise and members of the media sat in agony as every story about his inability to return for this week or that week made even the most optimistic of NFL fans believe that DeSean’s body was beginning to fail him in ways that many of us had never seen.

Sure, he’s been injured before. He hasn’t played a full 16-game schedule since the last time he was in Philly, but 2019’s injury issues felt different. One of the greatest deep threats in NFL history looked to be every bit of being 33 years old (and then some). Now, after another injury has sidelined him for an extended period, the question is whether or not this is it. Have ‘Birds’ fans seen Jackson for the last time?

Wait! Come to think of it, this may be it for two Philadelphia Eagles legends.

That high-ankle sprain that Adam Schefter reported has now been diagnosed as something much worse. According to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, ‘D-Jax’ has an injury that, as he put it, is ‘a similar injury to (tight end) Dallas Goedert‘. It’s believed that ’10’ has a non-displaced fracture in his ankle. The timetable for his return is six to eight weeks, which probably in Eagles terms means ten to 12 weeks.

Garafolo also reports that Jackson is ‘frustrated but highly motivated to get back this year and next’, but if you’re a ‘Birds’ fan, it’s hard not to believe that we’ve all seen Jackson wear the midnight green ’10’ jersey for the final time.

That brings us to Jason Peters. We rarely talk about him now, but as weeks fly by, everyone listens to statements by Eagles head coach Doug Pederson that the left tackle position will be re-evaluated upon Peters’ return.

Currently, ‘The Bodyguard’ sits on the Eagles’ injured reserve. He’s supposed to be back at some point, but many are asking if Jordan Mailata is now a better option. That’s saying a lot seeing as how Peters is the future Pro Football Hall of fame inductee and Mailata never started an NFL game prior to Week 4.

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Mailata struggled versus the Giants’ front, but for now, he’s the starter. That means whether Peters remains on the sideline because of injury or because Mailata is the better option, like Jackson, it’s hard to wonder if we’ve seen two guys that have played for Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, and Doug Pederson for the final time.