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DeSean Jackson is benched for Eagles' game against the Cardinals

November 13, 2011 | 11:32 am


DeSean Jackson has been benched by the Philadelphia Eagles for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after missing a team meeting Saturday, according to reports.

Fantasy football players with the former Long Beach Poly and California standout on their rosters will not be happy. Much like the two-time Pro Bowl player, who is in the final year of his contract and unhappy that he hasn't received a new deal.

Jackson held out for 11 days of training camp in hopes of receiving a new contract.

The 6-foot, 178-pound receiver reportedly told teammates that he overslept when his alarm didn't go off and that missing the meeting was not a premeditated move. No matter to the Eagles coaching staff, which has benched players in the past for not attending team meetings.

The Eagles, a so-called Dream Team after acquiring some big-name free agents this summer, have struggled this season. They have a 3-5 record entering Sunday's must-win game against the Cardinals.

Jackson is having an underwhelming impact this season. He has 29 catches for 503 yards and only two touchdowns. He had more than 60 receptions and 1,000 yards receiving twice in his first three seasons. He has four punt returns for touchdowns in his career, but none this season.


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Photo: Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates after making a catch against the 49ers in October. Credit: Julio Cortez / Associated Press