After attending brother's funeral, Jackson expected to play Sunday

Updated: September 21, 2008, 9:13 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Philadelphia Eagles starting center Jamaal Jackson, who was excused from practice this week for what had been described as personal reasons, was in South Florida because his brother was killed, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio has learned.

Jackson has been mourning the death of his brother and attended the funeral for him Saturday.

Kamar Jackson, 29, a father of four, was killed instantly when he was hit by driver Carlos Rodriguez. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and was under the influence of alcohol, according to Miami-Dade County police.

Eagles coach Andy Reid gave permission to starting left tackle Tra Thomas and starting right guard Todd Herremans to fly down to Florida for the funeral and miss meetings Saturday night in the team hotel.

Jackson and the teammates who joined him at the funeral were to return to Philadelphia on Saturday night and were expected to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jackson is expected to start even after missing a full week of practice.

According to a police report, Kamar Jackson had just filled his car with gas and was heading home when he was sideswiped by Rodriguez, who said he had just left a strip club.

Police called the accident a hit and run.

Jamaal Jackson knew of his brother's death while he played in Monday night's 41-37 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Information from ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio was used in this report.