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Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery expected to play vs. Titans despite illness

Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is expected to play and make his season debut Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Jeffery had been sidelined for the first three games as he continued to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. But while his shoulder has since been medically cleared, his availability this week was put in doubt as he missed a couple of practices due to an illness.

The Eagles could certainly use the return of their top wideout to provide another receiving option for Carson Wentz. Philadelphia relied heavily on the tight end duo of Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz in their 20-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts as they combined for 12 catches for 146 yards.

Jeffery will now join Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews in a previously depleted Eagles receiving corps which lost Mike Williams and Mack Hollins to long-term injuries.

But while Jeffery is expected to be ready to play, it’s unlikely that he will play a significant role after such a long absence as well as missing practice time.

Jeffery, who arrived in Philadelphia last year, played a pivotal part in their run to the Super Bowl. He had 57 catches for 789 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 regular-season games. And in the postseason, he added 12 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns.