The Philadelphia Eagles officially bungled DeSean Jackson’s Injury

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DeSean Jackson finally returned in the Philadelphia Eagles win over Chicago after a six-game absence but left almost immediately with yet another injury.

The Philadelphia Eagles hung on for a 22-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. That’s the most important thing.

But it’s incredibly dismaying that wide receiver DeSean Jackson, finally back in the lineup after a 6-game absence, couldn’t even last through the team’s first possession before leaving the contest. He received a “questionable” designation later on, but everyone with half a brain knew that he wasn’t coming back.

Jackson officially caught one pass for five yards, never returning after his handful of snaps played.

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Worse still, it seems that the injury is an exacerbation of the same, mysterious abdominal problem that has kept him out for nearly half the season.

Consider this whole situation officially blown.

With the Eagles’ bye coming next week, what harm was there in sitting Jackson for just one more game and getting the “two for the price of one” that comes along with being off next Sunday? He would have had an extra fourteen days to heal up as the Eagles face a pair of daunting home games against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

Instead, we now have to wait to receive the same nebulous status updates that we’d been getting about Jackson since he first left the Eagles’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons way back in September.

If this is as bad as it seems, we might be lucky to see him back in game action again this season. Perhaps Jackson’s entire second stint with the Philadelphia Eagles has already gone down in flames.

At the very least, I find it hard to believe that Jackson will be back in action the next time the Birds take the field on November 17. They sure could have used their best deep weapon in that game against the New England Patriots. We’re no doubt talking about a week-to-week situation at a bare minimum here.

As much as I’m sure that the Eagles’ medical staff put him through the necessary steps while Jackson himself felt ready and able to play, a little common sense really should have come into play here.

The team’s spotty results from its wide receivers no doubt played a role in the decision to activate Jackson, and they hoped that Jackson’s return could provide some kind of spark while opening up opportunities for others.

But it blew up in the Eagles’ faces.

The Eagles were good enough to beat the Bears even without Jackson. They proved that on Sunday. It’s just a shame that he even took the field to begin with, because a steep price may have been paid for forcing him into game action.

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The win was nice, but it may have been very costly.