DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 81%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 9.3%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 4.9
Durability: question mark 3

High Risk


DeSean Jackson Player Overview

DeSean William Jackson will be playing in his age-33 season in 2020. Born in Los Angeles, California, and growing up in the Crenshaw neighborhood, he attended Long Beach Polytechnic high school. He had become one of the top wide receiver recruits in the nation while in high school, and also played baseball and ran track. In his senior year he caught 60 passes for 1,075 yards and 15 TDs.

Jackson went to the University of California to play his college football. He had three successful seasons, and was a Heisman Trophy candidate entering his junior season. He finished this season with 65 catches for 762 yards and 6 touchdowns, but had limited playing time secondary to several minor injuries. He measured 5’9 ¾” and 169 pounds, and ran a 4.35 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Jackson was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jackson has been in the NFL for 12 seasons now; his first six seasons were with the Philadelphia Eagles, then he went to the Washington Redskins for three years, was in Tampa Bay for two years and finally returned to Philadelphia in 2019. Jackson has only had two seasons where he actually played all 16 games. He has four additional seasons of playing 15 games and two more playing in 14 games.

Jackson has been able to stay relatively healthy throughout his long NFL career. Heading into the 2019 season he had played in at least 11 games in all but one season. Playing in 153 of a possible 176 games, 87%. So he’s missed 1-2 games per season but doesn’t usually miss a bunch. Well, until 2019 that is, when things did not go according to plan as he only managed to play in three games.

Let’s review some of Jackson’s injuries as he’s had many over the past 15 years. Besides several concussions, Jackson has pretty much injured every body part possible. He suffered a shoulder injury in his freshman year of college, a gr…

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DeSean Jackson Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 30, 2020 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jackson was ruled out of the Week 17 game versus Washington due to an ankle injury
Oct 22, 2020 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Jackson suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 7's win over the Giants. He was placed on IR
Oct 22, 2020 NFL Pedal Ankle Fracture Jackson suffered a fracture in his right ankle in Week 7's win over the Giants. He was placed on IR and missed 7 games
Sep 27, 2020 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Jackson suffered a hamstring injury late in the first half during the Week 3 game against the Bengals. He missed 3 games
Nov 3, 2019 NFL Abdomen Muscle Tear Grade 3 Jackson underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury that he re-aggravated in the game vs. the Bears in the first quarter of the game
Sep 15, 2019 NFL Abdomen Muscle Strain Grade 2 Jackson missed 6 games due to an abdominal strain during the game against the Falcons.
Dec 23, 2018 NFL Pedal Achilles Pull Grade 1 Jackson got his right ankle stepped on in Week 16. He was in and out of that game, dealing with the issue, before sitting out the season finale.
Nov 25, 2018 NFL Hand Thumb Sprain Jackson sustained a left thumb sprain and missed 3 games. Jackson said he suffered the initial injury way back in Week 1.
Dec 18, 2017 NFL Abdomen Muscle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jackson hurt his left ankle in Week 15 and missed the season's final 2 games.
Oct 30, 2016 NFL Shoulder Jackson left in the 2nd half of Week 8 and missed a game after the Week 9 bye while dealing with rotator cuff issues.
Dec 13, 2015 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Jackson suffered a "patella contusion" or a strained knee. He didn't miss any games because of it.
Oct 15, 2015 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jackson suffered a setback in a Thursday practice and missed 2 more games with his hamstring injury.
Sep 13, 2015 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Jackson attempted a catch along the sideline in Week 1 and pulled his hamstring. He missed the next 6 games.
Aug 6, 2015 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain Jackson sat out the entire preseason with a sprained A/C joint. He returned for Week 1.
Nov 30, 2014 NFL Leg Fibula Bruise D-Jax suffered a fibula contusion in Week 13 and missed the following game.
Sep 14, 2014 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain Jackson was sidelined for 3 quarters after spraining his left shoulder but was able to return to practice the following week.
Aug 6, 2014 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jackson sprained his ankle in practice and missed the 1st preseason game.
May 29, 2014 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 During the offseason, Jackson strained his hamstring in OTAs, forcing him to sit out for 2 weeks of practice.
Nov 26, 2012 NFL Chest Rib Fracture Jackson suffered 2 fractured ribs and was placed on IR for the last 5 games of the season.
Dec 12, 2010 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Jackson sustained a sprained foot and played through it during weeks 15 and 16 but sat Week 17 to rest up for playoffs.
Oct 17, 2010 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Jackson sustained a concussion in Week 6 and missed the following game. He returned after the Week 8 bye.
Nov 29, 2009 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Jackson suffered a concussion that caused him to black out against Washington. He missed the following game.
Sep 20, 2009 NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Jackson strained his groin. It lingered through the season, but he didn't miss a game because of it.
Nov 17, 2007 Non-NFL Leg Thigh Bruise Jackson suffered a thigh bruise and was taken out at halftime. He missed the following week as well.
Oct 15, 2005 Non-NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain Jackson missed 1 game in his freshman season with a shoulder injury.