Philadelphia Eagles will probably have to play out the rest of 2019 without their most prized offseason addition in defensive tackle Malik Jackson. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Jackson is expected to miss the entire season recovering from Lisfranc injury.
Jackson suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against Washington Redskins and is scheduled to have surgery next week. Eagles’ head coach Doug Peterson didn’t confirm that the 29-year-old Pro Bowler won’t play again this year, but acknowledged that the injury is “significant.”
“Malik’s an important part of what we do and we’ll certainly miss him when he’s on the field but we got plenty of guys that can step up and play and that’s nothing new in the NFL,” – said Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on Tuesday.
“Doesn’t change our task from game-to-game and it doesn’t change our task over the course of the year. We’ll get him healthy and get him back. If I know Malik, he’ll do a good job staying engaged while he’s rehabbing. I’ve been really impressed with him as a professional, not just as a player but as a professional.”
Malik Jackson signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason and was expected to become a key piece of the team’s D-Line. He spent the previous three years with Jacksonville Jaguars, totaling 18.0 sacks alongside 105 tackles and earning one Pro Bowl appearance.
Jackson also played with Denver Broncos between 2012 and 2015, helping the organization win the Super Bowl.