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With the state of the Eagles’ offense — or at least their passing game — DeSean Jackson had already checked out for fantasy purposes, along with Jeremy Maclin to a lesser extent. Jackson’s value has been depleted due to Nick Foles’ inability to connect deep with any consistency, as he had just five yards on two catches last week during the rookie’s first start under center.

Last night was more of the same, with only one catch for nine yards, but Foles wasn’t to blame. No, instead nature receives our ire, as does the cruel hand of those who oversee football fate. I remain convinced that rulers of some kind exist, and they hate us all.

Jackson left the game early, going to the locker room with a rib injury. At the time the severity was unknown, as we only knew that he wouldn’t be returning.

Now we know the severity, and it’s the most severe severity possible. Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with broken ribs, and he’ll miss the remainder of the regular season.

Ugh.

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ season thus far has been quite dramatic, featuring several story lines that range from questions about the play of quarterback Michael Vick to the play calling of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. There have also been questions raised about the play of wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who hadn’t scored a single touchdown through the first three weeks but finally did this past Sunday with a 19-yard scoren that saw him use his eyes to get open on a corner route.

Some wondered why Jackson wasn’t making a significant amount of plays so far this season. But the truth is, he’s been more consistent, and he’s scored the same amount of touchdowns as he did last year at this point.

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Although the Internet is thoroughly enjoying the fun factory of jokes the entire Eagles offense has become early in the season due to their collective inability to not break stuff, DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jeremy Maclin (hip pointer and flexor strain) being active isn’t a surprise. Even though they were either limited participants in practice or non-participants all week and therefore slapped with the dreaded game-time decision tag, after Friday when head coach Andy Reid expressed high confidence in their playing status he erased most of the serious doubt that lingered heading into today.

We knew they were both playing, and apparently they both looked super while running around in shorts during warm ups. But Jackson and Maclin will be very limited, and therefore they present risks to themselves and their personal ability to produce, and they’ll surely also slow down Michael Vick.

So exactly how much of a risk are they? Here’s injury expert Jene Bramel‘s assessment prior to the announcement that both players will be active today.

Neither are likely close to 100%. Jackson strained a hamstring during practice Wednesday. Even if very low grade, that’s a tough injury to recover from in 72 hours. Consider him a game-time decision and at high risk for an in-game aggravation if he plays. Maclin is dealing with both a hip flexor strain and a hip pointer. The hip pointer will be more painful, but the flexor strain could be the more difficult injury to play through. Maclin has played through pain previously and should get some relief from a painkilling injection, but is likely to need plays off during the game if active.

At best then Jackson and Maclin are WR3′s, whereas depending on the matchup you can make a case for either being a WR2 most weeks and in most leagues. There’s cause for extreme caution here, and the need to dig elsewhere on your bench with the combination of the injuries to Jackson and Maclin, and their highly unfavorable matchup against the Ravens.

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