DeSean Jackson Out Today vs Cardinals; Late for a Team Meeting

It’s another blow for the Eagles, as apparently the team will be without top playmaking WR DeSean Jackson. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Jackson missed a team meeting Saturday and will be listed among today’s inactives as a result.

Jackson, who turns 25 next month, is in his second season of dissatisfaction over risking injury while underpaid, playing as he unsuccessfully seeks a new contract from the team. Last year, Eagles president Joe Banner agreed that Jackson deserved a new deal but said complications with the rules governing the expiring collective bargaining agreement made it impossible to give Jackson a significant raise. This year, there is a new collective bargaining agreement and the sides have talked, but no accord has been reached, and none seems forthcoming.

Yes, the short-term issues would seem to be minimal compared to the longer-term effects of such a move. The Eagles ought to be able to beat Arizona without Jackson, who hasn’t been having his best year anyway. Expect more action today for Jason Avant, Brent Celek and maybe even Steve Smith along with top wideout Jeremy Maclin.

It’s a huge story that Jackson is out, and while Maclin will get plenty of shots, not having Jackson could be a huge blow to the team.

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