DeSean Jackson’s return to the Philadelphia Eagles lineup was unfortunately short-lived.
There are multiple reports that the receiver is headed for surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn abdominal muscle and may be done for the season.
Injury worse now than before
Via John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Jackson met with core muscle specialist Dr. Williams Meyers on Monday and learned that his injury is now worse than when it first happened, in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Jackson was told that his muscle is now completely torn off the bone after he tried to play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears; the 32-year-old had one catch, for 5 yards, and was hurt on the tackle. Things worsened later in the same drive.
Clark reports that Jackson did everything he could to rehab, flying in his personal trainer multiple times, rehabbing at the Eagles’ complex and at his home. He was not 100 percent going into Sunday’s game against Chicago, but wanted to be on the field.
He had elected not to have surgery in September because of the tricky nature of his injury — some players can recover with rehab, but that doesn’t work for everyone. Even surgery isn’t the cure-all for this particular type of issue.
The Eagles released a statement confirming that Jackson will have surgery.
Reports say it’s around a six-week recovery, but that seems optimistic. Jackson signed a three-year, $27 million contract with Philadelphia in March, with $13 million fully guaranteed.
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