November 7 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“DeSean Jackson and Andy Reid were huddled in one of the corridors inside the NovaCare Complex when a reporter accidentally stumbled upon the two immediately following Thursday’s practice.
The pair stopped mid-conversation, stared at the reporter, and then turned and walked away as Reid guided Jackson into an adjoining hall.
“We didn’t want you to get the scoop,” Jackson teased later.
At that point, the scoop – if you can call it that – had already been got: Jackson is playing Sunday against the Colts barring a post-concussion setback. While the coach-receiver confab was surely about No. 10’s health, there is no doubt that it held a greater purpose.
Knock Reid for many things, but the man has become a master at keeping his best players happy. And at this stage in his season – and in his career – the Eagles need Jackson to be content.
Because when he lines up Sunday for the first time since Dunta Robinson nearly decapitated him three weeks ago, the undersize receiver will have more than just his head on the line. Another concussion would give him three in less than a year and would threaten his life – obviously the most significant consequence – and his livelihood.
Jackson is in the third year of the four-year contract he signed when he was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft. It was a deal in accordance with his draft position, but it does not account for his unprecedented first two seasons as an Eagles receiver.”
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