By Sally Fahey
DeSean Jackson has been on Eagles Injured Reserve since the Week 7 win over the Giants when he suffered an ankle injury on a punt return.
He’s been activated, which means he could return to the lineup for Sunday’s must-win game at Dallas.
“He’s getting close,” coach Doug Pederson said yesterday. “He was able to get some snaps in yesterday with the offense. And we’ll integrate him more today and just see where he’s at. It’s the first time he’s been able to do any kind of football activity with the team, more football maneuvers, running routes and blocking and things of that nature.
“So we’ll see how he is and see how he feels today, but we’ll try to ramp him up today and keep him coming.”
Since Jackson is not on the active roster at the moment, he is not on the team’s injury report.
As for yesterday’s injury update, a couple of changes:
• DT Fletcher Cox (DNP, neck) – The Pro Bowl defensive tackle did not practice again on Thursday, but this time it was solely because of his neck injury.
• P Cameron Johnston (limited, concussion) – Good news for the Eagles that Johnston returned to practice in some capacity on Thursday, but he’ll still need to be cleared by the independent neurologist before he can play on Sunday.
Josh Sweat has been one of the bright spots for the Eagles in 2020. The third-year defensive end suffered a wrist injury on Sunday against the Cardinals that will sideline him for the Week 16 clash in Dallas.
“He’s going to miss some time, maybe a couple of weeks, but we’ll see where he’s at,” Head Coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday. “He’s definitely going to miss this week.”
Of course, there are only two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Sweat posted 45 tackles, seven for loss, and six sacks in 2020, along with 19 QB pressures and hits. He’s played 43 percent of the snaps on defense. The Eagles still have four healthy defensive ends with Pro Bowl selection Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, and Genard Avery.