Injuries: Eagles 'optimistic' DJax plays vs. Bears

DeSean Jackson could finally make his return to the Philadelphia Eagles' lineup.

Coach Doug Pederson said Friday that Jackson is on track to play Sunday versus the Chicago Bears. Jackson is officially listed as questionable.

"I'm optimistic that he'll go," Pederson said, via Jeff McLane of Philly Inquirer.

Jackson has been out since Week 2 after suffering what the team has termed an abdomen injury. The veteran wideout was listed as limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jackson's potential return would bring a much-needed field-stretching element that an Eagles offense has sorely missed. The 32-year-old had eight receptions for 154 yards, including two bombs for touchdowns in Week 1. Since his absence, Carson Wentz's offense has lacked explosive plays in the passing game.

Other injury news we are tracking Friday:

»San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn pectoral in Thursday's game, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Coach Kyle Shanahan believes it's a short-term knee injury for tight end George Kittle.

» The Houston Texans got some good news on the offensive line. NFL Network's James Palmer reported from London that tackles Laremy Tunsil (shoulder), who was limited yesterday, and Tytus Howard (knee), who was a full participant Thursday, are both practicing. Both are listed as questionable for Sunday. Wideout Will Fuller (hamstring), safety Tashuan Gipson (back/wrist) and cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring) are ruled out.

» The New York Jets place linebacker Blake Cashman on injured reserve, the team announced Friday. Tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle), tight end Chris Herndon (hamstring), defensive lineman Henry Anderson (shoulder) and linebacker Neville Hewitt (neck/knee) were all limited in practice. Safety Jamal Adams had his foot stepped on in Thursday's practice but is OK.

The Jets activated defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd from the reserve/suspended list and placed running back Trenton Cannon (foot/ankle) on injured reserve.

»Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says wideout O.J. Howard is the only player ruled out for Sunday's game in Seattle. Tight end Cameron Brate (ribs) is questionable.

»Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams (toe) is questionable to play against the Chargers. Coach Matt LaFleur said the wideout is a game-time decision to go vs. L.A.

»Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton will miss up to three weeks with a calf injury suffered on Wednesday, coach Frank Reich told reporters. CornerbackPierre Desir (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Sunday. Safety Malik Hooker (knee) and defensive end Justin Houston (calf) are questionable.

»Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is questionable to play against Kansas City with a calf injury.

»Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (shoulder) is listed as doubtful to play against the Indianapolis Colts. With both Conner and Benny Snell (knee) likely out, Jaylen Samuels should see most of Pittsburgh's carries. Staring guard Ramon Foster is also out with a concussion.

»Chicago Bears tight endTrey Burton (groin), wideout Taylor Gabriel (shin), defensive back Eddie Jackson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) were limited at practice. Linebacker Isaiah Irving (quad) did not participate and has been ruled out for Sunday vs. the Eagles.

» The Denver Broncos placed quarterbackJoe Flacco (neck) on injured reserve, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Flacco's season is most likely over. Brandon Allen will start in Week 9. against the Browns.

» The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Stephen Carlson to the active roster from the practice squad and placed defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale (calf) on injured reserve. The team also announced that safety Eric Murray underwent successful knee surgery on Friday. Murray will not play Sunday against the Broncos, as won't safety Damarious Randall (hamstring) and tight end Pharaoh Brown (concussion).

»Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Cortez Broughton (illness) will not play Sunday against the Packers. Nose tackle Brandon Mebane (knee), defensive tackle Justin Jones (shoulder) and safety Roderic Teamer (groin) are all listed as questionable. Wide receiver Geremy Davis (hamstring) is questionable.

»New York Giants wideout Sterling Shepard has been cleared from concussion protocol and will play Monday night.

»Baltimore Ravens wideout Marquise Brown (ankle/thigh) and safety Earl Thomas (knee) is questionable for Sunday.

»New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (foot), safety Patrick Chung (heel/chest), wideout Julian Edelman (chest/shoulder), running backJames White (toe) and guard Shaq Mason (ankle) are questionable.

»Dallas Cowboys tackle La'el Collins (knee), tackle Tyron Smith (ankle), linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (neck) were limited at practice. Wideout Amari Cooper (ankle) and defensive endRobert Quinn (rib) were full participants.

»Buffalo Bills linebacker Maurice Alexander (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday.

»Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) was a full participant after missing the past two practices. Safeties Deshazor Everett (ankle) and Montae Nicholson (ankle) and quarterback Case Keenum (concussion) have been ruled out for Sunday.

»Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs (hamstring), defensive end Quinton Jefferson (oblique) and safetyLano Hill (elbow) are doubtful.

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