Aug 072010

August 7 Philadelphia Daily News

“On the sixth day, DeSean Jackson practiced, and those watching saw that it was good.

How DeSean himself felt about it, we can’t tell you. The Eagles’ Pro Bowl wideout and punt returner continued his training-camp media embargo, even when a reporter stipulated that the waiting gaggle wished only to explore the topic of DJax returning from his back injury. We were willing to leave aside his contract, his tweets, his Lakers fandom and his thoughts on BP’s handling of the Gulf oil spill.

Jackson, unsmiling, shook his head and hurried into the Lehigh field house where the players dress. Didn’t want to talk a while later when he emerged in civilian clothing, either.

When camp began, no one in the media corps really expected this wrinkle – the Eagles‘ most lethal weapon going silent, for reasons no one quite understands. Gonna be really frustrating for reporters and fans if it extends into the season.

But even less fun, of course, would be a Jackson injury that extends into the season, so it was reassuring to see No. 10 catching passes again yesterday. A week ago today, he left the field in anguish, on an electric cart, his faced buried in his forearm. Jackson had landed awkwardly after catching a pass. The diagnosis was a lower back strain, which by yesterday seemed forgotten.

“He looked good,” quarterback Kevin Kolb said. “Obviously, today wasn’t 100 percent for anybody; we were on a 10-10-10 [shortened] practice, but I think it’s a nice little transition for him to get into tomorrow’s practice. He looked fluid; threw some deep balls right off the bat, and of course, he went out and got ’em, like he always does . . . When you’ve got that much speed out there, all of a sudden the holes are a little bit bigger, and obviously, he creates a little bit more separation.”

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