Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson suffers 'significant' injury

Martin Frank, Delaware News Journal
Published 1:36 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2019
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Martin Frank, The News JournalPHILADELPHIA – It appears as if defensive tackle Malik Jackson will miss at least the next few weeks, and possibly much longer, with a foot injury.Jackson, whom the Eagles signed to a three-year, $30 million contract during the offseason, left the game late in the fourth quarter on a cart. After the Eagles’ 32-27 win over Washington, Jackson said he didn’t know when the injury happened.”We’re still waiting on a few more test results with him, but it’s a significant injury that’s going to require some time,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. Pederson said he didn’t know if Jackson would need surgery, saying the test results Monday would determine that. When asked if a roster move would have to be made, implying that Jackson could go on injured reserve, Pederson replied: “We’re going to wait and see. If we do (make a move), we may do something (Tuesday).”If Jackson goes on IR, he would be eligible to return later this season, but he would have to miss at least eight weeks.Pederson was also asked if the injury could keep Jackson out for the rest of the season. To this, Pederson said: “Until we find out more, I really can’t answer that at this time.”After the game, Jackson had a walking boot in his locker. He said it was, “just a little injury. Football. We’ll see what the doctors say.”For now, the Eagles would slide Tim Jernigan into Jackson’s spot next to Fletcher Cox. Jernigan was a starter for the Eagles in 2017 before suffering a back injury that required surgery during the offseason. That injury was non-football related, and Jernigan said last season that it was career threatening.But Jernigan returned to play three games last season, plus two playoff games. The Eagles released Jernigan in March rather than have him count $13 million against the salary cap. Later, they signed him to a one-year contract.Jernigan rotated in at defensive tackle and played 37 percent of the defensive snaps. That will go up significantly. He also had the Eagles’ only sack of the game.”I’ve seen the confidence, obviously, coming back from the injury,” Pederson said about Jernigan. “He’s got a lot of energy. He’s an excitable guy. He loves playing the D-line position. Just somebody that brings a level of energy and power to the inside. Now, he’s obviously going to get an opportunity here the next few weeks to play a little bit more.”More: Seahawks inquired about Antonio Brown before Patriots signed ex-Raiders WRMore: 32 things we learned from Week 1 of the 2019 NFL seasonMore: Sorting NFL Week 1’s best and worst debuts, from Kyler Murray to Adam GaseThe Eagles signed Jackson so they wouldn’t have to move their defensive ends inside on passing downs, something they did often last season with either Brandon Graham or Michael Bennett, who’s no longer on the team.The Eagles could do it this season with Graham or Vinny Curry.”It just taxes those guys a little more, having to move them around,” Pederson said. “That’s something that we’re going to have to think hard, and look hard at, these next couple of days moving forward.”As for Cox, he played for the first time since hurting his foot in the Eagles’ playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints last January. Cox had foot surgery. Cox played 66 percent of the snaps Sunday. Pederson said Cox played well, and it’s likely that he’ll play much more as well with Jackson out.The Eagles have defensive tackle Bruce Hector on the practice squad. He could get a promotion to the 53-man roster if Jackson goes on IR.Contact Martin Frank at [email protected] Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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