DeSean Jackson Won't Be Playing This Week

Written By Bob Cunningham On Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Eagles will miss D-Jack, but his health comes first.



Nothing is official yet, but it seems like DeSean Jackson is shutting himself down for the Eagles' upcoming NFC showdown with the Atlanta Falcons. Team doctors and an outside specialist have yet to be heard from, but it seems like Jackson is taking the decision out of their hands.

"I don't think I can go," Jackson told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. "I blacked out."

Jackson didn't appear to black out on the field as he continued to move around, but that doesn't mean he hasn't lost any recollection of the incident. In short, just because he was moving doesn't mean he was all there.

DeSean sitting out for this game is a blow to the offense, but it's certainly not the end of the world for this team and I, for one, am not going to pull a Hines Ward and question the kid's toughness. He's always one of the smallest guys on the field and never even shies away from a hit, much less misses time.

But now you've already got the people in the media attempting to cause a stir by saying that this is a ploy by Jackson to get his contract re-worked and get paid like one of the top receivers in the league.

Per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:

"Maybe Jackson's implicit message is that he's not going to do whatever it takes to play until he gets paid. Really, is it a coincidence that his comments came on the same day that tight end Brent Celek signed a $30 million contract with $11 million in guaranteed money?"

This statement is ridiculous in every way. From top to bottom is reeks of ignorance and an attempt to create a story that isn't there.

In fact, at the beginning of the article, Florio says that the culture in the NFL has changed drastically concerning concussions and that the diagnosis almost certainly means the player will miss at least one game. But then he goes on to throw around this nonsense, making it even more obvious that it's just an attempt to stir up trouble.

I'm not sure where Florio's personal bias lies, but it surely isn't with Philadelphia or with our Eagles.

So to recap: 1) D-Jack will most likely miss this week against the Falcons, and 2) Mike Florio is nothing more than a hack parading as a journalist and one-man rumor mill.


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