Earlier today we found out that DeSean Jackson broke his ring finger at practice this morning. It was initially reported that he would be fine for the regular season opener on September 8th against the Washington Redskins, but new information says otherwise.
ESPN's Josina Anderson, who is one of the most plugged in reporters with Jackson, reported that Jackson will get a custom splint for his broken finger. His ability to get comfortable with the splint will determine whether or not he will play Week 1 or will miss some games before he feels 100%.
Jackson's availability will be huge for the Eagles this, so it is vital that he maintains his health. The next best options for the Eagles as deep threats are Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins. If Jackson is unable to go Week 1, then the Eagles will likely use JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Dallas Goedert more often. However, if he is able to still suit up and play, Jackson could make an impact without even touching the ball and hurting his finger. If he is still able to run down field and help take the top off of the Redskins' defense, then he can be a decoy and open up the field for Carson Wentz to hit his other receivers.
We will find out more about Jackson's comfortability with the splint after the preseason finale/during practice next week.