September 9 Camden Courier-Post:
“The question to Eagles center Jamaal Jackson was whether he felt confident that he could make it through the entire game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers on his surgically repaired left knee.
The Delaware State product, who plays center for the Eagles, hesitated for a few seconds before answering: “I feel like I can. I haven’t really been tested in the preseason. I’m just trying to work hard in my rehab. With last week’s work and more work this week, I’m feeling more comfortable . . . I hope it comes sooner than later.”
Jackson tore his ACL last Dec. 27. He was cleared to work out during training camp, but was held out of the four preseason games.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Jackson will start against the Packers. He just doesn’t know how well — or how long — he’ll be able to play.
“A little bit of that is an unknown,” Reid said. “I’ll tell you that I feel comfortable with him, he feels comfortable and the doctors feel comfortable. But I can’t tell you that I’m not going to keep a close eye on him. I will do that.”
If Jackson is able to play an entire game, it will reunite the interior of the Eagles’ starting offensive line that went 13-3 over the last two seasons with right guard Nick Cole and left guard Todd Herremans.
Both Cole and Mike McGlynn can play center if Jackson has to come out of the game, which also makes Reid feel better about the depth of his offensive line. Max Jean-Gilles can fill in at one of the guard spots.
“The guard and center positions are very important,” Reid said. “(Then) you have guys behind them there that have a lot of confidence and would be willing to play if something were to re-occur.”
Many preseason prognosticators have the Eagles missing the playoffs while the Packers are picked to go to the Super Bowl.
That would seem to be a daunting task in the season opener for a team with a new quarterback, young receivers, a second-year running back and two rookie starters on defense.”
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