Atlanta cornerback Donta Robinson saw the whole thing developing. He saw that Kolb was in trouble and about to be sacked.
He also saw DeSean Jackson coming his way as the lightning quick number 10 tried to lose the cornerback who was covering him. Jackson was trying to get open, so he could be a target for Kolb.
The Eagles quarterback was about to be sacked, as he tried to throw the ball to Jackson who was running a crossing route. When he let the ball go, it just hung up there, which is the worse thing that can happen to the football for a receiver. The longer the ball hangs up there, the longer defender have to get you and the ball.
It had to have seemed like an eternity for Jackson as he waited for the football to get to him.
This gave Robinson time to start from his coverage outside in the left flat. He was able to go inside toward Jackson.
The diminutive wide receiver reached for the ball as it hung in the air. It hit his hands then Robinson hit him.
He didn’t hit him with his head but he hit him with his shoulder right under Jackson’s chin.
The speedy wide receiver’s head snapped back. The ball fell out of his arms, then Jackson lay on the ground motionless for what seemed to be a minute. The trainers were out there in a flash, they knew this was a bad one.
Jason Avant told me that it looked like Robinson got the worst of the hit. His eyes were rolling around in the back of his head.
It took a while but both of them eventually got up from the collision.
When head coach Andy Reid was asked about the hit, he responded with a common sense answer. “When they take both players off [the field] and neither come back [into the game], that’s a violent collision.”
I don’t see any way that Jackson plays next week against the Titans. I think it’s the kind of hit that’s going to stay with him the rest of his career.