After receiving a fine and a wag of the finger earlier this week for flipping the bird at the officials during the Raiders win over the Steelers, defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s spirits will be higher knowing that he is catching a huge break while game planning for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was limited for a second day of practice after injuring his ankle on Wednesday, compounding an injury situation that has already saw Mike Vick ruled out with a reinjured hamstring earlier in the week. ESPN’s Eagles beat writer Chris Sheridan reports.
Sheridan reported Chip Kelly downplayed the severity of the injury before Thursday’s practice.
“He’s going to come out and practice today,” Kelly said. “Yeah, he hurt his ankle. He should be full [participation]. We’ll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he’s going today.”
Jackson despite having a heavily taped ankle, was listed as a limited participant on the Philly injury report. The Eagles will be on the practice field Friday and Saturday in light sessions. Regardless it will be concerning for the Eagles that Jackson might not be at 100% speed when he returns to California on Sunday.
Failing to score an offensive touchdown in two weeks, the Eagles need Jackson to keep the Raiders defense honest and prevent them from shutting down LeSean McCoy by loading the box. If Jackson can’t get past the Raiders very talented secondary, it could be another long day for Chip Kelly and the Eagles offense, especially with Nick Foles coming back from injury.