Friday, February 12, 2016

Reid on Jackson's antics; Graham done for season

Sunday night's stirring victory over Dallas did not come without its casualties.

Reid on Jackson's antics; Graham done for season

DeSean Jackson caught four passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in last night´s win over Dallas. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson caught four passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in last night's win over Dallas. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Sunday night's stirring victory over Dallas did not come without its casualties.

Linebacker Stewart Bradley is likely done for the remainder of the regular season and rookie defensive end Brandon Graham is done for the season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 30-27 win over the Cowboys.

As for Michael Vick's bruised hand and DeSean Jackson's foot injury, Eagles coach Andy Reid said that both the quarterback and receiver were OK and would be able to play in Sunday's big game at the New York Giants.

Jackson, of course, put on an unbelievable performance. He finished with 210 yards receiving off just four catches and provided the game-winning touchdown on a spectacular 91-yard catch-and-run. Jackson caused a stir, however, when he stopped just short of the goal line and flopped backward into the end zone.

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Reid, who said after the game that he was not pleased with Jackson's antics which drew an unsportsmanlike penalty, was asked where he draws the line with a talented player like that.

"Well, I'm going to sit him down for the rest of the year," Reid joked on Monday at the NovaCare Complex. "Listen, I love his enthusiasm. I've told you this from the get-go. He loves to play the game. There are not a lot of guys out there that love to play the game more than he does. ... Do I like those things? No, I don't like them. Do I express that to him? Yes, I do. And I'll leave it at that."

Bradley won't be placed on injured reserve, but Graham will, Reid said. The Eagles will add a defensive end in the next few days to take Graham's spot on the roster. Rookie Jamar Chaney will likely step in at middle linebacker with Bradley sidelined.

Reid said that he'll meet with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott before he makes a final decision. Akeem Jordan and Omar Gaither are other candidates but all signs point to the rookie being the man in the middle.

"His challenge will be now that he's on film people will get an opportunity to study him," Reid said. "He's got to take it up another notch."

Reid said that he expected cornerback Asante Samuel and tackle Winston Justice, both of whom didn't make the trip to Dallas because of knee injuries, to be able to return to practice by Wednesday. Samuel has missed three straight games with an MCL strain.

"Nobody wants to be out there more than Asante," Reid said. "The guy doesn't miss games. That's not his deal. He wants to be out there and he tested it and it didn't work. He had a good workout today, so we'll see how it goes."

In other injury news, linebacker Keenan Clayton has a knee strain and should miss the next game, Reid said.


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