Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery expected to return in ‘Week 4 or 5’
Through the first couple of weeks of the regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles have been without the services of star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery due to his recovery from offseason surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
There has been a vague timetable thrown around for his return to the field as the team has continued to voice that it is a week-by-week situation with him. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94WIP Radio, NFL insider Adam Caplan has voiced that Jeffery is expected to be back in the fold in either Week 4 or 5.
“Player sources said it was Week 4 or 5. I still think it is Week 4 or 5,” NFL Insider Adam Caplan said on the Go Birds podcast. “It is a situation where they are starting to ramp up his work this week. It is just a matter of does he look like he is ready or not. Range of motion, pain tolerance, soreness after he gets a lot more work. I’ve heard, from people that have seen him, he looks really good.”
This would provide a major boost to the offense with one of their key factors in the passing game back into the fold to help push the team passed their struggles that they have experienced in the first couple of weeks. This should take a notable step in the right direction in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz back in the fold for his first start since suffering a torn ACL and LCL last December.
The Eagles are working toward not pushing Jeffery back into the mix sooner than he’s physically capable of handling given the injury that he is still recovering from. He has shown that he can be a leading factor in the passing game that can help elevate the offense to the next level.
In the meantime, the Eagles will lean on Nelson Agholor, Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz, and recently acquired Jordan Matthews to lead the charge in the passing game over the next couple of weeks.