The Philadelphia Eagles were dealt a few brutal blows during the first half of their Week 2 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. Among the multiple players who were sidelined at various points, one which stood out was wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who’s fresh off a monster Week 1 performance.
Jackson left during the first half and appeared to try to get back on the field after leaving the game, but the Eagles didn’t allow it in the first half. It was revealed on the broadcast that Jackson had apparently suffered a groin injury and is questionable to return heading into the second half.
We’re going to take a look at the full injury breakdown along with the latest on Jackson’s potential return Sunday night against the Falcons.
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Eagles Battle Numerous Injuries vs. Falcons
Along with Jackson, the Eagles lost tight end Dallas Goedert (calf), along with Alshon Jeffery (calf). The team revealed the news that Jackson and Jeffery were questionable to return to the game.
Beyond that group, fellow Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor was also evaluated for an injury just prior to halftime, while Carson Wentz went through the concussion protocol. Wentz was replaced by Josh McCown, but the starting signal-caller returned after being cleared and finished out the first half.
The Eagles saw a number of other players go down and while some returned, the status of a few others remains up in the air, as Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com broke down.
It’s also worth noting that when Agholor returned to the game during the second half and wound up hauling in a touchdown during the third quarter.
DeSean Jackson Injury: Fantasy Football Impact
Although it’s unknown which Eagles receivers will be ready to roll moving forward, there’s no question that Jackson’s absence will benefit the likes of Jeffery and Agholor (if either is healthy). But beyond those two, we may see more of rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside as well as Mack Hollins.
If Jackson were to miss time beyond Sunday night, the second half of this game will offer a decent outlook as to which players to potentially target on the waiver wire. Arcega-Whiteside is an intriguing option, as the rookie impressed over his final three seasons with the Stanford Cardinal.
Arcega-Whiteside, who was a second-round draft pick, tallied 1,059 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2018 season. Over the span of 33 collegiate games, he caught 135 passes for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Heading into Week 2, Arcega-Whiteside had yet to catch a regular-season pass but was able to get on the board Sunday night against the Falcons. Hollins also hauled in multiple passes and is worth monitoring throughout the remainder of the game.