Thursday, October 31, 2013
DeSean Jackson limited by 'tweaked' ankle
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was limited for a second day of practice after injuring his ankle during Wednesday’s session.
Coach Chip Kelly downplayed the severity of the injury before Thursday’s practice.
“He's going to come out and practice today,” Kelly said. “Yeah, he hurt his ankle. He should be full [participation]. We'll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he's going today.”
Jackson, whose left ankle appeared heavily taped, was listed as a limited participant on the post-practice report. The Eagles will be on the practice field Friday and Saturday, but those are considerably lighter sessions. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles list Jackson’s availability for Sunday’s game in Oakland on the official Friday report.
They can ill afford to lose the speedy Jackson, who is their only serious deep threat. The Eagles have struggled badly enough on offense as it is, failing to score a touchdown in either of their last two games. Eliminating the long-ball threat posed by Jackson will make it that much easier for the Raiders to clamp down on LeSean McCoy and the run game.
Damaris Johnson, who backs Jackson up, was a full participant Thursday after not practicing Tuesday or Wednesday.
“Today is a big day to kind of see where he is and what he can do and can't do,” Kelly said.