Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is planning to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson sustained a sprained AC joint in his shoulder in the first quarter of Washington's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday and was forced to leave the game. He reportedly has no structural damage, and Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Jackson is day-to-day.
The 27-year-old said the soreness and swelling in his shoulder have gone down, and that he doesn't believe playing through pain in the injured joint would jeopardize his career. Jackson also said he's determined to play against the Eagles, where Jackson played until this season.
“As far as my emotions on the game …obviously, being in Philadelphia my first six years, playing there and accomplishing the things that I accomplished was obviously a huge time in my life, a huge part of the beginning of my NFL career,” he said. “So, obviously, it’s going to be a huge game for myself and it’s something I always looked forward to since everything went down the way it went down.”
Jackson spent his first six NFL seasons in Philadelphia before he was cut this offseason. He had 356 receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns with the Eagles.
The Redskins are 1-1 this season, while the Eagles are 2-0.
- Ben Estes