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DeSean says he's playing Sunday; And more from the great entertainer

Even though he did not technically practice Thursday, DeSean Jackson said before practice that he's playing Sunday against the New York Giants

DeSean says he's playing Sunday; And more from the great entertainer

DeSean Jackson averaged 52.5 yards per catch during Sunday night´s win over Dallas. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson averaged 52.5 yards per catch during Sunday night's win over Dallas. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Even though he did not technically practice Thursday, DeSean Jackson said before practice that he's playing Sunday against the New York Giants

"I'll be ready for Sunday and that's all that matters," Jackson said.

Jackson, who has a foot sprain participated in the early portion of practice during individual drills, but left during 11 on 11s and therefore was listed as a non-participant. He missed Wednesday's practice, too

Cornerback Asante Samuel and tackle Winston Justice were limited. Samuel said he's getting better each day, but he was a full participant only a day ago.

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Linebacker Keenan Clayton, like Jackson, was also out. 

Jackson also spoke a little more about Nestea plunge into the end zone against the Cowboys which has drawn some criticism from around the league.

"Everybody's not going to like it," Jackson said. "I could care less about who likes it and who doesn't. I do it because [it's] entertainment. That's what type of business we're in -- entertainment. The fans like it."

After the game, quarterback Michael Vick said that he did not like the celebration, which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct personal foul, but that he understood why Jackson did it after his electrifying 91-yard touchdown.

"That's his own opinion," Jackson said. "He's his own man. I'm my own man. Like I said, I just wish I didn't get a penalty or shouldn't have been penalized for it to hurt my team. But as far as me doing my celebration, doing my entertainment, that's going to be me."

Jackson said that he thought the penalty was excessive.

"People dive into the end zone all day," Jackson said. "That shouldn't have been a penalty. I turned around backwards, that's probably why. Like I said, I'm going to keep on doing what I'm do, and that's entertainment. That's my job."

Speaking of entertainment -- or something like that -- Jackson went on the T.O. Show on Tuesday and addressed his contract situation. He explained the various reasons why he and the Eagles have not agreed to an extension, but also said that the team was "going to have to do something."

He was asked Wednesday if it was easy to keep his contract situation out of his mind while he's playing.

"No, not necessarily. I know what I'm worth," Jackson said. "I know what I've been here for. It's not going to get in the way of anything. At times, things get in the way, but as a professional you have to put that to the side and just go out there and play football. That's what I'm going to do, but at the end of the day I'm going to be myself and I'm not going to change for no one."

Jackson is poised to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight season. He has 42 catches for 972 yards and six touchdowns. Jackson was asked if he was one of the top five receivers in the NFL.

"I don't get caught up in all that," Jackson said. "I know what I'm capable of doing. The fan base that I've built so far, if you ask all of my fans I think they'll tell you I'm a top five, I'm one of the best receivers."

Jackson said that too much has been made of his contract situation, among other things.

"Even when I didn't practice yesterday everybody made a big deal -- he flops in the end zone, he doesn't go to practice," Jackson said. "I suffered a foot injury before that flop into the end zone. Whatever it is people make a big deal out of it. I promise you I could care less about it. It's not going to make me lose sleep."

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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