Schwartz on Jackson: ‘We’ll certainly miss him’

The Philadelphia Eagles have placed DT Malik Jackson on injured reserved, the team announced today, which will end his season. Jackson signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Eagles this offseason, and according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Jackson suffered a Lisfranc injury on Sunday against the Redskins. The 29-year-old Jackson is expected to have surgery next week, according to the report.

To replace Jackson, Philadelphia announced today that they have signed DT Akeem Spence, who spent last season with the Miami Dolphins. The 27-year-old Spence was released by the Dolphins back in August.

Obviously, losing Jackson hurts, but according to Eagles DC Jim Schwartz, it’s next man up.

“Malik [Jackson] is an important part of what we do, and we’ll certainly miss him when he’s not on the field,” Schwartz said on Tuesday. “But we have plenty of guys that can step up and play. And that’s nothing new in the NFL, doesn’t change our task from game to game, and it doesn’t change our task over the course of the year.

“We’ll get him healthy and get him back. If I know Malik, he’ll do a good job staying engaged while he’s rehabbing. I’ve been really impressed with him as a professional, not just as a player, but as a professional, I’m sure you guys have too.”

With Jackson out, Timmy Jernigan will be a starter again at the defensive tackle spot, and considering how well Jernigan played for the Eagles in 2017, the Philadelphia does not lose much at the position. However, they do lose depth, which may hurt the team as the season moves on.