October 19 Philadelphia Daily News:
“DESEAN JACKSON remembers scoring two touchdowns Sunday, Andy Reid said, even if he doesn’t remember the Dunta Robinson hit that left both players concussed, lying motionless on the field, “like a Rocky movie,” Reid said.
Reid, speaking at his weekly day-after news conference, said it would be “a real stretch for [Jackson] to make it this weekend.” The Eagles have the bye after playing at Tennessee Sunday. Despite dire whispers about the severity of Jackson’s concussion, it’s impossible, given the vagaries of such an injury, to say Jackson definitely will or will not play when the Eagles come back from the bye against visiting Indianapolis on Nov. 7.
Asked on his radio show last night whether Jackson would be back for the Colts game, Reid said, “I think so.”
The collision between Jackson and Robinson, which resulted in the Falcons cornerback’s being assessed a 15-yard penalty for a dangerous hit on a “defenseless receiver,” was the most spectacular of a spate of helmet-first NFL hits Sunday, a situation that provoked league executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson to tell the Associated Press the league would consider suspending players for dangerous hits.
“There’s strong testimonial for looking readily at evaluating discipline, especially in the areas of egregious and elevated dangerous hits,” Anderson told the AP. “Going forward, there are certain hits that occurred that will be more susceptible to suspension. There are some that could bring suspensions for what are flagrant and egregious situations.”
Neither Reid nor any of his players criticized Robinson.
“That was a tough one, there, from both sides,” Reid said yesterday. “The league has put a lot of emphasis on removing the helmet out of the contact point, in particular around the chin or neck area. But some of these are bang-bang, that was a bang-bang deal right there. That wasn’t something this kid had planned. I mean, he wasn’t going to go in and knock himself out . . . But the more . . . the head is out of the picture, and in particular out of that neck area, that’s something that the league has been striving to work on.””
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