With Malik Jackson reportedly out for season, what happens now? – NBCSports.com

With Malik Jackson reportedly out for season, what happens now? - NBCSports.com

Malik Jackson injury: Eagles defensive tackle will miss rest of 2019 NFL season

The team is enjoying its 1-0 start after climbing back from a 17-0 deficit in Week 1 to overcome the rival Washington Redskins and is beginning prep work for its coming battle with the Falcons in Atlanta this weekend, but will do so without defensive tackle Malik Jackson on the field. Worse still, the Eagles wont have Jackson on the field for the remainder of the season, per Mike Garofolo of NFL Network, after the Pro Bowl lineman suffered whats being described as a Lisfranc injury in the opener.

#Eagles DT Malik Jackson is expected to miss the season with a Lisfranc injury suffered Sunday vs. the #Redskins, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Jackson will have surgery next week. Tough one for Philly despite their DL depth.

Without Jackson, the Eagles have Cox, Jernigan and Ridgeway on the roster as defensive tackles. Bruce Hector is waiting on the practice squad or the Eagles could try to bring in a free agent. But they also have Brandon Graham and Curry as defensive ends who have previously played inside. Even before Jacksons injury on Sunday, Graham got some snaps at DT. Heck, he made the biggest play of his career in the Super Bowl rushing from the inside.

With Malik Jackson reportedly out for season, what happens now?

Jackson, 29, was not-so-arguably the biggest offseason acquisition for the Eagles, after signing a three-year deal in March worth $30 million. One of the better penetrating interior lineman in all of football, the Super Bowl-winner delivered eight sacks for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017 and spent his first four years with the Denver Broncos after getting the nod as their fifth-round pick in 2012. The Eagles were excited about the Jackson brought atop the depth chart at the position, but will now work to continue building without him in the mix this year.

The Eagles preferred to have Jackson on their third-down pass rush line, but will now likely revert back to using a defensive end inside at that position. Curry said the only difference when that happens is that things just get a little faster. Perhaps this could also mean more opportunity for Josh Sweat, Daeshon Hall or Shareef Miller.

Source — Eagles expected to put DT Jackson on IR

A Lisfranc injury is severe, and occurs when one or more of the metatarsal bones — the ones that ultimately connect the toes to the foot — are dislocated from the main “ball” of the foot (tarsus), due to damage to the main ligament known as Lisfranc.

Jackson will head to injured reserve now, and hope for better luck in his second year with Philadelphia. 

Maliks an important part of what we do and well certainly miss him when hes (not) on the field, but we have plenty of guys who can step up and play, Schwartz said. Thats nothing new in the NFL. It doesnt change our task from game to game and it doesnt change our task over the course of the year.

This news was expected following Doug Pedersons press conference on Monday. Pederson told reporters Jacksons injury was significant and he couldnt say if Jackson was going to be able to return in 2019.

While the Eagles are confident in their depth at that position — a healthy Tim Jernigan was one of their highest-caliber backup/rotational player going into the 2019 season — losing Jackson still hurts. Hes a former Pro Bowl player, who was supposed to thrive next to Cox, who constantly sees double teams.

The Eagles had big hopes for Jackson in 2019; there was a reason they signed him to three-year, $30 million contract in the offseason. Jackson was already showing some promising signs in Week 1. […] The Eagles were counting on him to be a big part of their pass rush. His presence made it so that the team didnt have to line up their edge rushers on the defensive interior.

In the locker room on Tuesday, a few of Jernigans teammates said they think Jernigan looks to be back to the player he was before his back injury in 2018. Remember, Jernigan even played the last half of the 2017 season with an ankle injury, so this is the healthiest hes been in nearly two years.

The Eagles will likely put Jackson on injured reserve as soon as today. Doing so will allow them to free up a roster spot.

On Monday, Doug Pederson classified the injury as significant and while defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz stopped short of confirming the report, its clear the Eagles will be without Jackson the rest of the way.

Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, and Hassan Ridgeway are currently the Eagles only three healthy defensive tackles. The pressure is on Jernigan and Ridgeway to step up. Its possible the team calls up Bruce Hector from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to provide more depth in the absence of Jackson.

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