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DeSean Sees Neurologist, Will Practice

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson said he saw independent neurologist Dr. William Welch today and that he will practice tomorrow. Jackson did not say whether Welch gave him final clearance to play Sunday against the Colts. In fact, he said he is still "taking it day by day" as he recovers from a concussion suffered Oct. 17 against the Falcons.

DeSean Sees Neurologist, Will Practice

DeSean Jackson has not yet been cleared to play in Sunday´s game against the Colts. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson has not yet been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Colts. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson said he saw independent neurologist Dr. William Welch today and that he will practice tomorrow. Jackson did not say whether Welch gave him final clearance to play Sunday against the Colts. In fact, he said he is still "taking it day by day" as he recovers from a concussion suffered Oct. 17 against the Falcons.

 Jackson, speaking on Comcast SportsNet's Daily News Live, said he was ready to "start off fresh." He said his violent collision with the Falcons' Dunta Robinson wasn't so much of a trauma to his head as a "whiplash-type injry" to his shoulders and neck. He said he hasn't had a lot of headaches.

"I don't know man, that's not my decision," said Jackson, when asked when he would know if he is cleared to play. He said he would "keep preparing myself like I'm gonna play, taking steps I normally take to play in a game."

"I'm going to be the same player and do what I can do" Jackson said.

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Jackson also participated in Monday's light workout, as the Birds returned from the bye.

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 The Eagles are working out cornerbacks Fred Bennett and Joe Burnett, but say they do not intend to sign either one.

The team said the workouts were previously scheduled and the Eagles are just kicking the tires for potential spots in the future.

That means Ellis Hobbs is presumably safe. Hobbs will be replaced as a starter by Dmitri Patterson on Sunday against Indianapolis. Hobbs was not at practice yesterday to see a doctor, although the Eagles said the two are unrelated.

Bennett was a fourth-round draft choice by the Houston Texans in 2007 out of South Carolina and spent three seasons with the team. He was claimed on waivers by San Diego on Aug. 31 and appeared in the Chargers' first four games this season.

Burnett, also a stellar kick returner, was drafted in the fifth round by the Steelers in 2009 out of Central Florida. He was released in the final cuts this summer.

 

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