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Report: DeSean Jackson expects to return if Eagles reach divisional round of playoffs

DeSean Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson expects to return to the team if they can make the divisional round of the playoffs, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.

Jackson was placed on injured reserve following core muscle surgery at the beginning of November. Per NFL rules, he can’t return to the team until the divisional round of the playoffs.

Jackson gave a speech to the team on Friday before the team’s showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, talking about how important the rivalry was to try to give the team some motivation to beat Dallas. Maybe that speech is what pushed the team over the edge and helped them pull the upset.

With the win, the Eagles now only need a win over the New York Giants or a Cowboys loss against the Washington Redskins to make the playoffs.

If the Eagles make the playoffs they will be playing in the Wild Card round, which Jackson will not be allowed to play in. If they were somehow able to win that game, then Jackson could return as long as he feels ready.

Jackson has been working hard during his rehab and recently has eclipsed the 19 MPH which is a key as he relies on his speed for success. Jackson originally suffered the injury in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons.

If the Eagles were able to make it that far in the playoffs, getting Jackson would be a huge boost to a wide receiver unit that doesn’t have a lot of experience.