Aug 252010

Eagles CB/S Marlin Jackson

August 25 Camden Courier-Post

“Thanks to two knee surgeries and an Achilles’ tear, Marlin Jackson has played only 11 games since the 2007 season.

It’s enough to make someone ponder a different career, but the Eagles’ defensive back said Tuesday he’s committed to a healthy and complete return.

“My heart is still in doing this,” said Jackson, who made a rare appearance in the Eagles‘ locker room during media availability.

The former Indianapolis Colt hasn’t been very visible since being carted away from minicamp June 1 after tearing a heel ligament.

“This is why I continue to rehab and continue to do what I got to do to be ready,” he continued.

Jackson, who’s mainly doing calf exercises after undergoing a surgery that forced him to be off his feet for several weeks, said he knows the road ahead is long and lined with skepticism and other obstacles.

The cornerback, who had been working at safety, was already battling a reputation for being injury-prone when he signed a two-year deal with the Eagles in the offseason. He played only four games in 2009 and seven the season before.

“There will be days, but overall I’ve been here before and I’m going to keep on grinding,” he said. “I know I’ll have days where it’ll be tough, but I’ll get over those days.””

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