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Eagles defensive lineman Malik Jackson’s foot injury is ‘significant’

Malik Jackson, Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles managed to kick the 2019 NFL season off on the right foot with a win over the Washington Redskins. Unfortunately, it seems they have suffered a loss with defensive tackle Malik Jackson.

Jackson was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter with a foot injury. According to Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal, head coach Doug Pederson expects him to miss a good amount of time.

“We’re still waiting on a few more test results with him, but it’s a significant injury that’s going to require some time,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

Pederson also addressed the prospect of shoring up more depth in Jackson’s place.

“We’re going to wait and see. If we do (make a move), we may do something (Tuesday).”

Jackson’s injury certainly deals a crushing blow to the Eagles’ front. They made quite the investment when they signed him to a three-year, $30 million deal this offseason. Unfortunately, it appears a timetable for his return still has not been set as they wait for more details to determine a course of action, which could involve surgery.

If Jackson is ultimately placed on injured reserve, he will automatically be slated to miss the next eight weeks. Regardless, it seems Philadelphia will have defensive tackle Tim Jernigan take his place alongside defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Jernigan’s season got off to a promising start after he registered the team’s only sack of the game.

Given the potential severity of Jackson’s injury, the Eagles could very well explore other options in an effort to shore up some depth up front.