The stack of honors this season threatens to grow taller than DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is the NFC special-teams player of the week for his much-replayed, 72-yard scoring punt return against the New York Giants Sunday night. (Not sure whether the shoulder-bump thing with Andy Reid helped Jackson's cause, but that maneuver certainly has gotten major play, as well.)
It was the fourth such designation for Jackson this season - he was NFC special-teams player of the week after the season opener, in which Jackson broke an 85-yard punt return for a TD, then he was NFC special-teams player of the month for September, and then NFC offensive player of the week after the Oct. 26 win at Washington.
Jackson's 17.8-yard punt return average leads the NFL and is the highest in Eagles history. His 18.9 yards per catch also leads the league.
The Eagles announced they have promoted tight end Martin Rucker from the practice squad and waived running back P.J. Hill. No practice squad addition was announced; it wouldn't be a shock to see Hill join that unit if he clears waivers.
Rucker's promotion came the day after Eagles coach Andy Reid noted that tight end Brent Celek came out of the Giants game with a sore back, but a source close to the situation said the events were not related. The source said the Eagles were afraid another team might want to sign Rucker off their practice squad, and they'd rather not lose the ex-Cleveland Brown, a fourth-round draft pick in 2008.
Hill was signed Oct. 28 from the Saints' practice squad, after Brian Westbrook began experiencing concussion problems. Hill was active only once, Nov. 1 vs. the Giants, but he did not get on the field in that game.
If you want to delve deep into the tea-leaf reading, this could be another sign that Westbrook is ready to return to the field, since the Eagles kept Hill around 7 weeks just in case they needed a running back, and then when they axed him, they filled his roster spot with a tight end.
Reid said Monday he wants to assess how Westbrook feels today, as the Birds begin practicing to face the 49ers, before he makes any pronouncements about Westbrook's status.
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