56 Safety-first Chicago
THE Chicago Bears will wait until right before game time in tomorrow’s playoff match against the Philadelphia Eagles to make a decision on the availability of safety Eddie Jackson.
Jackson was officially listed as questionable yesterday on the final injury report after he went through a second straight limited practice.
He hasn’t had a full practice since before the December 16 game against Green Bay, when he suffered a right ankle injury.
“We’ll just continue talking to him, see where he’s at, but it’s literally gonna go right up until (a) game-time decision,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said.
“If he’s good, let’s go. If not, then we won’t. We’re going to be smart with him.”
Named All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl, Jackson has been out since making his sixth interception of the season.
His pick in the end zone ended Aaron Rodgers’ streak of 402 passes without an interception in the Bears’ 24-17 win over the Packers.
He was injured in an awkward attempt to down the ball after returning it 13 yards.
The Bears started thirdyear back-up Deon Bush in the past two games at Jackson’s safety position.
Nagy said because of the stakes of the game there was a possibility the Bears would let Jackson play even if he wasn’t 100 per cent healthy.
Either way, he said would be no regrets.
“You have to put both sides — the team and the player. You have to look at it from both sides and that’s the hard part,” Nagy said. there AUSTRALIAN rookie punter Michael Dickson has been named in the NFL’s prestigious All-Pro team following his outstanding season with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Sydneysider — a former Swans AFL academy play- Arlington, 12.15pm Ravens v Chargers Baltimore, 5.05am er — was named in the team alongside three other rookies in Indianapolis pair Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard and San Diego safety Derwin James.
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