And then there were four.
The Eagles have placed WR DeSean Jackson on the Injuried Reserve lsit after X-rays revealed several rib fractures. Andy Reid announced the move at his day-after press conference today after his team lost 30-22 at the hands of the Carolina Panthers, their seventh consecutive loss.
Jackson, who had performed admirably this season with 45 catches for 700 yards and two scores, was hurt on an end-around run by the Eagles in the first quarter. The play traded two costly yards for the health of the former California Golden Bear.
With the loss of Jackson, the Eagles are now without seven offensive starters due to injury, including QB Michael Vick, RB LeSean “Shady” McCoy, and 4/5ths of their starting offensive line. When asked if the injuries serve as an excuse for the team’s poor play, Reid denied it, saying, “that’s not where we’re at.”
After Jackson left Monday’s contest, the Eagles were left with Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and Damaris Johnson for the remainder of the game, which begs the question of why Greg Salas was not activated. The former three are expected to play an increased role, with the newly acquired Salas in line for game action as soon as Sunday night in Dallas, just over a week after signing with the team. The team could also promote 6th round pick Marvin McNutt from the team’s practice squad to take Jackson’s spot on the 53-man roster.
In other news, Jason Peters was also added to IR, halting any chance of him to return this season. Peters ruptured his achillies in March, and then hurt it a second time shortly after.
The injury virus has hammered the Eagle offense consistently this year, and Jackson’s injury simply serves the next domino that fell over.