The news isn’t good for Malik Jackson.
Jackson was seen in a walking boot on his left foot after the Philadelphia Eagles’ 32-27 win over the Washington Redskins and head coach Doug Pederson gave us an update on his injury Monday. It appears that he will be missing a good chunk of time.
“We are still waiting on a few more test results with him, but it is a significant injury that is going to require some time.”
It is unknown yet just how much time Jackson will miss or if the injury is season ending.
Even though the Eagles have depth at defensive tackle, this is still a big loss because of how much Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz likes to rotate them in and out. Jackson, who was signed in the offseason to a three-year, 30-million contract, had this to say about his left foot after the game.
“Just a little injury. Football. We’ll see what the doctors say.”
It’s clearly more than just a little injury, but it is football and injuries happen.
So what now?
Timmy Jernigan will start in his place and he did have a sack in the opener Sunday. Jernigan was the starter for the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning season back in 2017, but missed the start of last season due to a back injury he suffered during the offseason.
The Eagles’ only other defensive tackle on the roster is Hassan Ridgeway. Bruce Hector could be promoted from the practice squad prior to Sunday’s game in Atlanta if Jackson is placed on injured reserve.