Eagles coach Doug Pederson provided an injury update for key players in his offense Friday, officially ruling out DeSean Jackson against the Lions while leaving the door open for Alshon Jeffery to still play.
“DeSean will be out of this game,” Pederson said Friday (via the team’s official website), before adding, “I’m still optimistic” about Jeffery.
“We’ll see today and then obviously wait until game day,” he said.
Both receivers suffered injuries against the Falcons in Week 2, forcing them to leave Sunday’s game in the first half without recording a catch. Jackson is dealing with an abdominal strain that initially was announced as a groin injury, while Jeffery is recovering from a calf strain.
Pederson also said he was optimistic about backup tight end Dallas Goedert, who injured his calf during pregame warmups and missed the game. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan also suffered an injury in Week 2 and is expected to be out four to six weeks with a broken foot.
In an unusual move, Pederson canceled practice Wednesday because of the significant amount of injuries the Eagles faced after Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Falcons.
The Eagles (1-1) host the Lions (1-0-1) Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET.