On the morning after the Philadelphia Eagles fell to 3-8 after a 30-22 loss to the visiting Carolina Panthers, head coach Andy Reid painted a grim medical picture, highlighted by the announcement that wide receiver DeSean Jackson would miss the remainder of the season due to several fractured ribs.
Jackson received the franchise tag last offseason before signing a five-year, $48.5 million contract that included $18 million in guaranteed money and $11 million in cash compensation for the 2012 season. In 11 games this season, Jackson caught 45 passes for 700 yards and two touchdowns, the lowest output of his five-year NFL career.
In addition to placing Jackson on injured reserve, Reid announced that left tackle Jason Peters would revert from the reserve/non-football injury list to the season-ending injured reserve list. Peters tore the same Achilles tendon twice during the offseason and was always considered a long shot to play in 2012. The Eagles restructured Peters' contract prior to training camp, including a reduced or "split" salary rate of $4 million that Peters would be paid for as long as he was on the reserve/non-football injury list. By doing so, the Eagles saved $3.9 million in both cash and cap space this season.
By placing Jackson and Peters on injured reserve, the Eagles now have $24.6 million in 2012 cash compensation on their injured reserve list, second only to the league-high $30.6 million in 2012 cash the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have on their injured reserve list.
As if that weren't bad enough, Reid suggested that quarterback Michael Vick ($12.5 million in 2012) and running back LeSean McCoy ($9.118 million in 2012) are unlikely to be cleared to return from concussions for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. 2012 third-round quarterback Nick Foles is expected to start for Vick, while seventh-round running back Bryce Brown will start for McCoy, who remains in Phase 1 of the concussion rehab program. The Eagles signed McCoy to a five-year, $45 million contract extension on May 18 and are unlikely to rush him back from a serious head injury, which means he could eventually join Jackson, Peters, Todd Herremans and Jason Kelce on injured reserve before the season wraps up on Dec. 30.
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