JacksonEagles coach Andy Reid announced Monday that center Jamaal Jackson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and will miss the rest of the season. Jackson will be replaced in the starting lineup by Nick Cole, who had been starting at right guard. Max Jean-Gilles will take over at right guard.
“It’s obviously a big loss. He’s a good football player," Reid told reporters Monday. "We’re fortunate enough to have Nick here who’s a center, who’s been playing guard for us. He is a center. This isn’t a new territory for him; it’s one that he’s had a chance to play before and he and Donovan (McNabb) are on the same page. He can make all the calls, he can do the silent counts, he can do the hard count, he knows all of that stuff, that’s not a new area for him. And then, [G Mike] McGlynn would be his backup there. [He’s] another guy that has been practicing that position, played it in the preseason and could step in there if he needed to.”
It's certainly a setback for the Eagles but fortunately there's not much drop-off from Jackson to Cole. It will take some time for McNabb and Cole to get the proper chemistry. But this is why you develop young offensive linemen.