DeSean Jackson's triumphant return to Philadelphia was not so triumphant because Jackson did not play. It is still unclear when he will play again.
The Eagles receiver had a big impact in Week 1, scoring eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Before he could catch a pass against the Hawks in Week Two, Jackson stepped out.
As Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted, the team called it a groin injury during the game. In the ensuing injury report on Wednesday, the team changed the condition to a stomach injury. Jackson has not played in the three games since.
There are signs that he is approaching a return from an injury that the Eagles have not yet identified.
"That's not me He's familiar with his injury," coach Doug Pederson said this week as he was asked about possible benchmarks for Jackson's return consolation with this injury. All stopping and starting and things like that. On Friday, Pederson said Jackson had "made progress every day in rehabilitation sessions," and the "key is for him to make sure there's not much pain after exercise.
Although Pederson did not say much, Jackson's longtime coach did so. Gary Cablayan, who has come to Philadelphia to work with Jackson, told McLane that Jackson is trying to get better while slowly recovering from the injury. Cablayan said it was not a hernia (as many speculated), but Jackson had a "small tear".
Ton, that's why it takes so long, "Cablayan said about McLane. "It's hard to start, you sit down to get up and use it for just these two things, and when you sneeze, you feel it."
The goal is to get back on the field and get enough of the injury To give time to heal, so that the tear does not worsen. Jackson's age (32) could be a factor in the time it takes for his body to fully recover, but his skills are still there and he will help the Eagles' offense return to a new level.
This will not be the weekend against the Vikings, but we may see Jackson next Sunday night when the Eagles and Cowboys meet for the first of their two annual games.