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Fletcher's hit leaves Jackson with concussion

While the Philadelphia Eagles were able to come back from an eight-point deficit with 11 fourth-quarter points in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Washington Redskins, they did so knowing they had lost yet another of their stars.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who caught a 35-yard touchdown pass early in the game, left with a concussion after taking a huge hit from Redskins linebacker London Fletcher in the third quarter.

With the Eagles facing third and seven from their own 24-yard line, quarterback Donovan McNabb found Jackson across the middle. Jackson appeared to be close to the first down, but Fletcher timed a hit perfectly and knocked Jackson down a yard short of the marker.

Jackson is the second key Eagles player this season, after running back Brian Westbrook, to suffer a concussion.

Eagles Coach Andy Reid said Jackson was "a little groggy" but able to get off the field and that the team would evaluate him moving forward.

"It wasn't quite like that one where [Westbrook] was knocked out like that," Reid said. "We'll just have to see how he does here. We'll do the rest on him and evaluate him."

It was the second time this season that an Eagles' star player suffered a concussion against the Redskins, and also the second time Fletcher was in on the play.
In Philadelphia's 27-17 win over the Redskins on Oct. 26, Westbrook suffered a concussion when Fletcher's knee hit the back of Westbrook's head on a tackle.

Westbrook missed two games and tried to come back in Week 10 against San Diego but suffered another concussion and could be out for the rest of the season. That injury may prompt the Eagles to play it safe with Jackson, a second-year receiver who has more than 1,600 yards receiving and 12 total touchdowns since being drafted out of Cal in the second round in 2008.

"Well, you're concerned for every player or individual who goes through a concussion, having migraines, whatever it may be," McNabb said. "I'm not a doctor, I don't know much about it. All I know is that it takes time. Just kind of when you feel like you're all right, sometimes you're not and you just want to make sure that he's doing the right thing, you support what the doctors tell him and see what happens."

Should Jackson not be able to go, however, McNabb said the Eagles would have to find other players to produce.

"The other guys would have to step up," McNabb said. "We have some guys that can make plays for us and you just want to give them opportunities to do that. Obviously, [Jackson] is a big-time talent and a guy that has just kind of came into his own this year. We just want to spread it around and give guys opportunities to make plays for us."

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 29, 2009; 6:35 PM ET
 
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I couldn't agree more that we need a QB. I do think the current long tenured QB has shown us his best and therefore needs to be upgraded. Agree to disagree if you like. As for "priceisright", X's and O's are no the problem. It is the lack of execution due to either poor players or poor execution by serviceable players. I think the whole team may have two Pro Bowl talents. Fletcher (long overdue!) and well, maybe just Fletcher afterall.

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Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 29, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts about the game:

1) cut and paste what has been said all year about LL30

2) cut and paste what has been said all year about JC17

3) cut and paste what has been said all year about Stephon Heyer

4) Nice to see the Triplets contribute.

Posted by: p1funk | November 29, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Who's blaming JC. This was a total team effort that led to this loss.

As always, JC is and should be in the conversation. Two picks and a handful of inaccurate throws and another miserable late game drive.

Once again didn't he lose the game and more importantly he didn't win it.

He is what he is and that's average on a below average team.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 29, 2009 6:42 PM

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 29, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

The biggest contributors to this loss:

Again this week, the secondary mysteriously letting the other team's receivers run right past them wide open for huge gains and touchdowns. And of course - their hallmark, poor tackling. I hope Jerry Grey gets a job somewhere next year, it ain't working out around here. Head coaching candidate my Ass.

Jason's two INT's before halftime giving the Iggles 6 points and momentum they certainly did not deserve.

And finally, once again this week, not being able to produce ANYTHING on O late in the fourth. We got the ball with a little over 7 minutes and with around two minutes. ALL WE NEEDED WAS 3 FRIGGEN POINTS!!!! Instead, we get two 3-and-outs. I don't care about JC 17's stats. I DON'T CARE. He is what he is. He'll make an excellent back up somewhere, but he's obviously no leader.

All of this we have seen before, yet none of it we have the power to improve. How can this be???

Posted by: edvar | November 29, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

All those calling for Zorn to be fired I ask you this;

Why is the team playing with so much heart the last couple weeks? If Zorn is as terrible as many of you suggest, wouldn't the team be flat or playing to not get hurt? I think they are playing as hard as they can with the talent they have for Zorn, not against him.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

All those calling for Zorn to be fired I ask you this;

Why is the team playing with so much heart the last couple weeks? If Zorn is as terrible as many of you suggest, wouldn't the team be flat or playing to not get hurt? I think they are playing as hard as they can with the talent they have for Zorn, not against him.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 29, 2009 6:47 PM

Put that in the category of things he does well. Problem is I can't come up with anything else.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 29, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

All those calling for Zorn to be fired I ask you this;

Why is the team playing with so much heart the last couple weeks? If Zorn is as terrible as many of you suggest, wouldn't the team be flat or playing to not get hurt? I think they are playing as hard as they can with the talent they have for Zorn, not against him.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 29, 2009 6:47 PM

The older players are playing for their jobs. The younger players are playing to get more playing time. I don't think anyone is playing for Zorn at this point of the season.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any value in firing Zorn at this point. Vinnie could get canned tomorrow morning at 9:05 AM and I'd be fine with that, but I think Zorn should finish out this season.

There are a number of bright spots starting to appear, like the improvement in our running game, the evolution of some of our young players like DT, Orakpo, Jarmen, Kelly, Williams and Davis, the lack of quit in our players, etc.

Posted by: edvar | November 29, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

interesting stat that was just shown during the Cardinals Titans game....Vince Young (he who has been benched for half of his 4 year career) has 8 4th quarter game tying or lead taking drives......Jason Campbell the sacred cow of a starter for the majority of his career? 7 hmmmmmmmm

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 29, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Jason's two INT's before halftime giving the Iggles 6 points and momentum they certainly did not deserve.

Posted by: edvar | November 29, 2009 6:46 PM

I see where you're here, but the ints. didn't give the Eagles any momentum. The skins shut the offense down completely in the third, and the redskins scored 10 unanswered points. The real momentum changer IMO was the 90 yard drive for a TD.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Vince Young actually has a pocket to throw out of and doesn't have Trent Cole hanging off his left arm every other play.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 29, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

TWISI, take those 6 points of the board and where are we? You may be right about the momentum, but they killed us non the less.

Posted by: edvar | November 29, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I think JC can be our QB of the future. Just draft a LT and RT with our first two picks.

Can anyone think of a more viable option?

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 29, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I think it's just sad, because this could have been the first Sunday night that we could be celebrating the play of DT, MK, & FD.

I know I've personally been waiting a long time to do that.

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 29, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

1965skinsfan:
Sixteen years in the Army. Training in the worst conditions is "good training". You learn how far you can push yourself and still be effective. I think Jason C. is in one of those worst condition scenarios with the way the OL has been playing this season (although the last two weeks they have been very decent). From where I'm at, in NM, I'm seeing this guy grow in his decision making abilities. I would like him to be more accurate. It is my opinion that with a better OL, this guy can be good to very good.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | November 29, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I think JC can be our QB of the future. Just draft a LT and RT with our first two picks.

Can anyone think of a more viable option?

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 29, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'll do you one better. Let's combine both ideas and make everyone happy. Take the tackles this year and take the QB next year. Re-sign JC and develop the new QB properly and make him compete for the starting job.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 29, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Vince Young actually has a pocket to throw out of and doesn't have Trent Cole hanging off his left arm every other play.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 29, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

the excuses never cease, so on 4th and 1 today when he had time to look at 3 receivers, had a seem to run and get the 1st, and decided to throw to Santanna and threw it 4 yards short it was all Trent Cole and no pocket right? I know he was roughed after he threw it, but he wasn't touched until after the release and he had plenty of time....but its not his fault right, its the oline, the systems, the receivers its everyone but JC right?

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 29, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

edvar the ints. were bad but they didn't kill us, and I'm not making excuses for JC. The skins took control of the game after the ints. occurred. The game was lost in the 4th quarter. If you look at it if the skins played for the TD after the Tryon int. instead of the FG that's a 3-4 point swing there. Also, if the defense didn't give up a 90 yard TD drive, it's a moot point.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

3) cut and paste what has been said all year about Stephon Heyer

Posted by: p1funk

Absolutely. He's horrible and would'nt be on any other team, let alone be a STARTER in this league. I can't remember one game where Heyer hasn't gotten a penalty called on him.
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Zorn should be fired because he doesn't play to win the game!!! I don't understand why after Tryon's INT they didn't take any shots into the endzone!!? Herm Edwards said you play to win the game! Especially when you have nothing to lose!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 29, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

make that 9 game tying or lead taking drives......wow from his own 1 length of the field drive to win....

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 29, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

VY just completed a 99 yard game winning drive in which he converted three 4th down plays......JC?????

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 29, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

the excuses never cease, so on 4th and 1 today when he had time to look at 3 receivers, had a seem to run and get the 1st, and decided to throw to Santanna and threw it 4 yards short it was all Trent Cole and no pocket right? I know he was roughed after he threw it, but he wasn't touched until after the release and he had plenty of time....but its not his fault right, its the oline, the systems, the receivers its everyone but JC right?

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 29, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Did you actually watch the play? The center and both guards got pushed backwards right after the snap. The tackles got blown back and Trent Cole was off his man and actually hit JC as he threw. JC did hesitate. He looked up the seam and saw the DT there. That's when he decided to throw and got hit by Cole. You can blame him all you want but the fact is he put up 3 TDs today.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 29, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

JC can go try to win a Super Bowl for the Raiders, the Rams or whoever else we trade him for a fifth round pick, but he can get lost , as far as I'm concerned..The Vikes are the real sh*t , as long as Favre's arm holds up, which it didn't last year, and since they show no signs of stopping using it 30-40 times a game, Vikes may be a late December/early January burnout..But they can beat anybody right now, the loss to a healthy Steelers team at home in the final seconds any team woulda done, the only thing holding them back is the health of Favre's arm...Which they don't seem interested in conserving..That defense= QB's Nightmare..

Posted by: frak | November 29, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Lots of reasons for this loss, but since the talk is currently JC...

Five years into his career, Jason Campbell can be summed up in one word: LIMITED.

You could play him behind Minnesota's O-line and the Vikings would end up in nail-biter games every week because Campbell does NOT dominate, he does NOT scare any defense, and he does NOT close out games.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 29, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

TWISI, I guess that's the whole point. If we didn't give them 6 points before halftime, the 90 yard drive late in the fourth wouldn't have mattered.

Instead of putting them away, those points allowed them to stick around.

Yes, there were a number of factors - but those points were big, and ended up creating the margin for victory for Philly.

Posted by: edvar | November 29, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Did you actually watch the play? The center and both guards got pushed backwards right after the snap. The tackles got blown back and Trent Cole was off his man and actually hit JC as he threw. JC did hesitate. He looked up the seam and saw the DT there. That's when he decided to throw and got hit by Cole. You can blame him all you want but the fact is he put up 3 TDs today.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 29, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

That's a great attempt at excuse for him there PA, except that's not what happened, he had time in the pocket looked at two WRs then came back to Moss even though he had open field in front of him he threw it short and then Jaquia Parker is the guy who hit him from the side after he threw and then spun him down on his head. IT should have been roughing, but it was nothing like what you described, you didn't even get the guy who finally hit him right.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 29, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Very impressive Vince Young..

Posted by: rachel216 | November 29, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

MrRedskin21, always a breath of stale air.

Posted by: mack1 | November 29, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course the two INTs hurt. That's 6 points gifted to the Eagles plus momentum (and the only reason it wasn't 14 points is because of the defense, which some like to malign while covering Campbell's rear end).

Get a clue, and get off the JC bandwagon.

And for christ's sake, stop crying that Campbell "can't be replaced" next year.

Of course he can, and he will be, along with Cerrato, ARE, Carlos, and possibly Portis.

There are no sacred cows on a 3-8 team.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 29, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Stale?

mack still has his head up Campbell's rectum.

Breathe deeply, old chum.

Better yet, sit around this board and cry like a little girl about who posts what re which players...lol

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 29, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I think in clutch when things break down JC is out of his element. Instead of making sandlot plays, he wants to keep with how the play is designed. If he has an hope to develop beyond what he is, an average QB, he'll have to trust his instincts more.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

You bore me fatso.

Posted by: mack1 | November 29, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for PASkins (aka Jason Campbell's NUMBER ONE FAN!!!!!) to retort zjfr's post.

I guess PA is checking out the last offensive series again to try and find a new excuse, since his original one was bogus.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 29, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

MrRedskin21 as I mentioned earlier, the skins had the momentum all during the third quarter and early the 4th quarter. Given up 6 points hurt, but momentum was lost in the 4th quarter.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell's not good enough to produce wins for a team with no stud running backs right now and a makeshift offensive line; thank God for signs of improvement in the receiving corps. But my question is, why are so many people content using the team's current state as a measuring stick?

To me, the question on this point hasn't changed, even with the receiving corps showing some improvement: Is it better to make desperate moves and pay a high cost to get what you hope will be a dominant QB whom you hope can thrive without a competent line; or is it better to get the line in place and then replace the current QB at your leisure, and if you have to? It's pretty clear at this point that Jason Campbell is not a top-tier QB in the NFL, but it's also clear -- to me, at least -- that upgrading the offensive line that's supposed to be protecting him or whoever they replace him with, is a greater need.

The Campbell-haters will holler about "excuses", but I'll just advise everyone to watch how quickly the Redskins' front office get to work on the line once they replace Campbell.

I'll be totally shocked if they don't try to split the difference by firing Zorn and replacing Campbell and THEN putting forth some real effort toward fixing the offensive line. Because of course it makes so much more sense for them to fail to fix what they and everyone with half a brain has identified as the biggest need -- the offensive line -- but somehow still blame the offense's failure on the quarterback and head coach. More bass-ackwards brilliance.

Posted by: chuggo | November 29, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

You can blame him all you want but the fact is he put up 3 TDs today.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 29, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse


You can defend him all you want, but the fact is he's put up 3 wins all year.

Posted by: p1funk | November 29, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree, TWISI. Also, Zorn's (or Lewis'?) ultra-conservative play-calling after the Tryon INT doomed this team.

He seems to forget he's coaching a 3-win team. Take some damn chances, man.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 29, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Was it just me, or was Edwin Williams pretty solid at RG???

Posted by: TDawg1 | November 29, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 29, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

i have been waiting all year for someone to knock jackson's teeth out. fool is way too small to be playing in the nfl. london fletcher is my all time favorite football player now. PEACE BIATCH.

Posted by: BMACattack | November 29, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Portis needs to start next season as 2nd string. Draft a RB, RT, LT (no particular order). Draft other offensive lineman. Do NOT draft a defensive person until all of above has been accomplished.

Oh yeah, find a Head Coach that will play to win and not play to lose.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | November 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I just rewatched the replay of the last play. I don't claim to be a football genius but I noticed three things:
1. No one was open
2. There was pressure that forced JC to step up and then the DT was in his face
3. There was a four man rush and a fifth Eagle standing at the first down line, looking like he was spying JC.

By the way I am not a great JC fan, but I do think he is a servicable QB if he has a team around him. The question would be who could they have gotten that would be better?

Posted by: lifelongfan | November 29, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

campbell maybe had a little running room on the 4th down play they only needed 1yd. He missed a big deep pass down the seam to randle el and that hurt,kelly is starting to show up now that is 3 big plays in the last 2 games hopefully he will get a touchdown or 2 next week. this defense is terrible against the run all year. jackson took a punishing hit by fletcher who is a punishing hitter that was a dumb play by the eagles bringing jackson across the middle when fletcher is in coverage he is too small to take those kinds of shots. washington defense comes up small again in the fourth quarter allowing drives of 90 and 66 yds.

Posted by: wathu19 | November 29, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

That makes two Beagles this year, my boy Flecher has knocked out.

Posted by: dashriprock | November 29, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan will bring a pro-offense to D.C. He can win with Campbell and won't force him to fit in a west coast offense. Thomas, Kelly, and Marko will develop under Shanahan. Shanahan will know how to use Cooley and Davis.

Posted by: coparker5 | November 29, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

@1965skinsfan -- you seem to have a problem with only one player on this team and I hope it's not for the reason I think it is.....

JC17 is an average or slightly-below-average NFL QB. Is he Peyton Manning or Drew Brees? Of course not, nor will he ever be, but there are a lot of teams in worse shape at the position. More germanely, you are not going to find anyone better in free agency, and the draft is a crapshoot. So if Jason goes, who will it be next year, Collins, Chase Daniel or some other team's castoff?

Our QB situation is not perfect but in terms of who is responsible for this lousy season, Campbell has less culpability than the OL, the defensive backfield, our running backs, special teams, coaching staff and front office.

In other words, enough about Campbell already, it's getting old.

Posted by: jksesq1 | November 30, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Skins should have won this game. The problem is that we try to win the game on defense, and thats hard to do when every game the opponents have wide open receivers for TDs. Skins played for an 8 point lead with a field goal after Tryon's INT instead of taking a few shots into the end zone. See what the 8 point lead got them? At this point in the season we should be playing to win not running scared.

Posted by: VegasJim | November 30, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Well put, jksesq1.

You only forgot to mention Draft Picks and Cap Space, but other than that, you hit the nail on the head.

Sometimes it feels like Vinnie and Danny are posting on here under various aliases... or is it aliai?

Anyway, we know what the Front Office Geniuses will do. Then, all the "It's all Campbell's fault" people will have just what they wanted... a Lombardi Trophy.

NOT.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 30, 2009 4:15 AM | Report abuse

By the way, Fletcher is pretty awesome. About time somebody whacked that scrawny TD machine!

I can't believe their coaches were dumb enough to EVER send him over the middle. I coulda predicted that one.

He seems to do much better in the open field, after he's run past a cornerback and a safety while they point fingers at each other.

(Who is in charge of our atrocious secondary?)

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 30, 2009 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I have watched a lot of Redskin games but I do not ever recall a Jason Campbell drive in the last 2 minutes to tie or win a game that was successful. Yet, the TV statisticians are saying that JC have had at least 7 such achievements? Can someone please list these to refresh my memory, thanks. Maybe, they are referring to the last quarter as a whole? Which would make this statistic irrelevant in my books.

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 30, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

zjfr, with all the mouth you're running and comparing campbell to young, you refuse to acknowledge that young actually does have a better offensive line, a much better situation at running back where he can hand the ball off and cj gets results, and bigger receivers as well as a system that hasn't changed for him since he's been in the league. only an a-s-s-hole (and yes, you are one) would think of that as an excuse. now, i do agree that on the last play yesterday, campbell should've tucked the ball and gotten the first down but my question to you is this...why does campbell always have to be the hero on every offensive play of every game. you and too many other people look at him like he's supposed to perform the same way brady or manning does. you never say anything about how we were ahead and even though it was 5 pts, we were still ahead. when tryon got the pick and we had great field position, the playcalling got real conservative and there was no attempt to go to the end zone. even the commentators were befuddled about that decision to just play to get 3 pts instead of 7. in case you forgot, when a qb doesn't listen to the play that's called in, they usually get in trouble and/or benched. how about the fact that this week just like last week, our defense shut down the opposition only to fall asleep in the last qtr of the game? mcnabb went 90 yds down the field and scored a td as well as convert for 2. are you telling me that's all campbell's fault too? winning and losing a game takes accountability on offense AND defense. everyone knows that we're a one dimensional team and eventually, we'll have to rely on throwing the ball. don't you see a problem with that? wouldn't you agree that if we had a more established running game, our record would probably be different. if campbell didn't have to go through so many offensive systems and actually have the opportunity to grasp just one system he'd be more. these aren't excuses...merely facts. look at young, brady, manning (both), palmer, roethlisberger, rivers. all those qb's have some sort of stability that allows them to flourish. what does campbell have? an employer that handles the team like it's fantasy football, a gm that thinks this team is built to make a playoff run, a headcoach that's simply a figure head and has no real authority on the team and a "set of eyes" that has suddenly become ultra conservative in his playcalling. you tell me if you think you have all the answers, is everything really all campbell's fault? 11 men on offense and 11 on defense take the field for the redskins and you only see one man. what the fuqq are you looking at?

Posted by: charronegro1971 | November 30, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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