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Eagles' Center Done For The Year

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Eagles' Center Done For The Year

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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18: Center Jamaal Jackson #67 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks over as he prepares to hike the ball during the NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

When the Philadelphia Eagles come into Arlington to battle the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title, they will do so without, arguably, their best offensive lineman.

The Philadelphia Daily News (per DMN Cowboys Blog) has reported that center Jamaal Jackson, who went down during Sunday's 30-27 win over the Denver Broncos, suffered a torn ACL that will end his season.

“Jamaal Jackson has [an] ACL tear and he’ll be out the remaining part of the season," Andy Reid told the media on Monday. "He had an MRI this morning."

This will likely be a sizable blow for Philadelphia's offensive line. Jackson is described in the report on the Daily News' website as "the leader of the Eagles' offensive line and perhaps its most consistent member."

Reid demurred at questions of what Jackson's injury will do to the team's front, expressing confidence in Jackson's backup, Nick Cole.

"[Jackson]'s a good football player," Reid said. "We're fortunate that we have Nick [Cole] here who is a center. He's on the same page as Donovan [McNabb] with the snap counts and everything."

While Reid comes off confident at the prospect of Cole delivering the snaps, the writers at the Daily News expressed some doubt, citing a few instances on Sunday in which Cole appeared to not be on the same page with McNabb.

Jackson has not missed a game since winning the starting job from Hank Fraley in 2006.

Related Topics Andy Reid, Jamaal Jackson
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