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Bears coach Matt Nagy is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Eddie Jackson’s status

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The Chicago Bears face a stiff matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles this week. Head coach Matt Nagy is holding out hope that safety Eddie Jackson will be able to make his return.

Jackson has been dealing with an ankle injury over the last several weeks. According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Nagy is still unsure about his status for this Sunday:

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about Eddie Jackson (ankle). Called him a game-time decision.

Nagy’s update makes it difficult to determine whether to be hopeful or not. He has been a limited participant in practice this week. There is clearly a good chance that Jackson will be able to suit up this weekend. However, the comments indicate that Chicago will take a cautious approach with his return.

Jackson’s presence has undoubtedly been missed by the defense. He registered 51 tackles and six interceptions while breaking up 15 passes in the 2018 campaign. He also scored two touchdowns on an interception and a fumble recovery. His stellar season has earned him First-Team All-Pro honors at safety despite missing the final two games of the year.

Jackson has come a long way since being taken in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. It is clear that Chicago managed to come up on a steal to help build the formidable group they have today. Now that Jackson has accomplished his regular season goals, it is safe to assume he will be looking to carry it over into the playoffs.