Report: Philadelphia Eagles lose defensive tackle Malik Jackson for season

(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) tries to scramble from the pocket as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) and defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

The Philadelphia Eagles are lucky they brought back Timmy Jernigan.

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in Sunday’s win over Washington and is expected to miss the rest of the season, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Jackson had suffered a “significant” injury, and the team was awaiting further test results.

Jackson, an eight-year veteran, signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Eagles this offseason after spending the last three seasons with Jacksonville.

Jernigan likely will take Jackson’s starting spot. He surprisingly returned to the Eagles just hours before the start of the NFL draft, agreeing to a one-year deal after the Eagles had allowed him to become a free agent by not picking up his option.

Hassan Ridgeway is also a candidate, and the Eagles likely will promote Bruce Hector from the practice squad. The Eagles have moved Brandon Graham and/or Vinny Curry inside on passing downs and could opt to do so more often.

Jackson suffered the injury late in the game and played 34 of 67 defensive snaps. Jernigan played 25 and Ridgeway 24.

Hector signed with the Eagles last year as an undrafted free agent out of South Florida and spent 2018 alternating between their active roster and practice squad.