Marlin Jackson suffered ruptured Achilles tendon

The worst fears of the Philadelphia Eagles were confirmed when the team announced that veteran defensive back Marlin Jackson suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon during a voluntary workout today, an injury that will end his season and casts doubt on his future in the NFL.

Jackson, who suffered torn ACL’s each of the last two seasons, went down on the practice field and when the team examined him the injury was confirmed. Surely, it will prevent him from playing in 2010 and based on his durability – he played in only 11 games the last two seasons – his future is certainly clouded.

Could the loss of Jackson put the Eagles in play for O.J. Atogwe? The Rams have until 11 p.m. in St. Louis this evening to agree to pay Atogwe nearly $7 million this season, sign him to a longterm extension or let him go as an unrestricted free agent with no compensation. All of a sudden, it would appear the Eagles could have a need. They were playing Jackson at free safety this afternoon.

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