But there is some good news. Wideout Alshon Jeffery is on his way back. It’s just going to take a few more weeks.
“Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least the first two games of the season, but the team will activate him to the 53-man roster this weekend with optimism he could be back by week 3,” reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
As he prepares for his seventh NFL season, Jeffery is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. And he’s coming off a fairly productive first season with the Eagles. Super Bowl aside, he hauled in 57 receptions for 789 and nine touchdowns. That’s one of his career-high back in 2014. Meanwhile, head coach Doug Pederson has a decision to make at the quarterback position.
For the first time since 2014, Jeffery played in all 16 games last season. But throughout his career, injuries have played a major role. He saw the field 10 times during his rookie season, nine times in 2015 and 12 times in 2016. Now he’ll miss at least a couple of games this season.
“We’re just going to continue to monitor him and we’ll see where he is at next week and make a decision,” coach Pederson said during Tuesday’s presser. “But right now, he’s progressing well; we just got to see his day-by-day.”
A second-round pick back in 2012, Jeffery is a one-time Pro Bowl wideout. He’s cracked 1,000 yards on two occasions and is averaging 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns per 16 games. The Eagles are hoping he comes back better than ever.
It’s just going to take a little more time.