Eagles Notes

DeSean Jackson

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dropped four passes, including one in the end zone during the Eagles' loss at Washington, and offensive coordinator

Marty Mornhinweg

said the issue was discussed with the rookie wide receiver.

"He went through an experience there, and I expect him to catch every football," Mornhinweg said. "He has to let it go. . . . Bounce back and let's get every one this week."

Mornhinweg indicated that Jackson was dealing with a second injury besides bruised ribs that kept him out briefly during the second half.

"He was banged up . . . with two different types of injuries," Mornhinweg said. "He was on the field, and he was playing, and he was playing fast. Now, he's got to finish. We've got to play at a certain level when we're injured and on the field and playing. It was a tough experience, and I expect him to do a little bit better the next time he's banged up."

Mornhinweg wouldn't say what was bothering Jackson besides the rib injury.

"I don't want to get into exactly what it was, but there were two significant injuries," Mornhinweg said. "I think he's doing OK this week."

Strange indeed

You really have to wonder if any team in NFL history has ever been in a situation exactly like the one the Eagles and Cowboys face Sunday. It's well-documented that the game may have playoff implications for both teams depending on what happens during three 1 p.m. games.

Few people have mentioned, however, the ramifications of the 1 p.m. game between the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. If the Redskins win that game at Candlestick Park and Dallas wins at the Linc, the Eagles will finish last for the second straight season in the NFC East.

Both the Eagles and Cowboys could either finish last or make the playoffs.

In addition to influencing decisions made by the front office, a second straight last-place finish would give the Eagles a home game against the St. Louis Rams and a road game against the Detroit Lions next season. That's in addition to locked-in games against New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver and Kansas City at home and Atlanta, Carolina, Oakland and San Diego on the road.

Should the Eagles beat Dallas and finish second, they would play a home game against San Francisco and a road game against either Chicago or Minnesota. A third-place finish for the Eagles would mean a home game against Seattle and a road game against Green Bay.

Extra points

Safety

Brian Dawkins

(illness), tackle

Jon Runyan

(sprained knee), linebacker

Stewart Bradley

(rib and groin) and tight end

L.J. Smith

(shoulder) all sat out yesterday's abbreviated practice. Mornhinweg indicated that wide receivers

Kevin Curtis

(calf) and

Hank Baskett

(knee) were limited, but both are expected to play against the Cowboys after missing the game against the Redskins.

- Bob Brookover