Earlier this week, John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia said that "there is great hope" that DeSean Jackson can play in the Philadelphia Eagles game against Dallas Cowboys this week.
NFL insider Mike Garafolo does not see Jackson's chances as optimistic. Garafolo said during a performance on Wednesday night NFL Network :
"I know there is hope that he can come back and play for the Cowboys [game]. [Doug] Pederson did not rule him out. He could definitely play, even if he had not trained.
However, my ads ̵1; or advertisements I received about them – are that I do not expect to see DeSean Jackson out there. So, another missed game for Jackson, who clearly wants to be 100% and not risk re-injury when out there. "
The Eagles desperately need Jackson – who has dealt with a tummy injury since Week 2 – back on the field. Philadelphia clearly lacks a vertical element. They also try only to achieve a good production with their large receivers. Look at these wretched stats from the last three games:
Alshon Jeffery: 173 assault shots, 19 receptions, 166 yards (8.7 average), 2 TDs
Nelson Agholor: 173 assault shots, 5 receptions, 62 yards (12.4) Average), 0 TD, 1 Fumble
Mack Hollins: 109 offensive snapshots, 1 receptions, 13 yards, 0 TD
JJ Arcega-Whiteside: 13 offensive snapshots, 0 receptions, 0 yards, 0 TD
Jackson did not attend the Eagles' Wednesday training. We'll see if he makes progress this week and contradicts Garafolo's expectations.
It's hard to have a lot of hope.