Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery in danger of missing preseason after shoulder surgery
It was revealed on Wednesday that Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has undergone surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
It appears that this procedure could bleed into the 2018 preseason preventing him from taking the field until possibly the start of the regular season, according to Les Bowen of Philly.com.
“A source close to the situation confirmed an NFL.com report Wednesday that Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has undergone surgery to repair his right rotator cuff. The source said the goal is for Jeffery to be ready for the 2018 regular season, though he could return during the preseason if all goes well.”
The typical timetable for a full recovery from this operation ranges anywhere from four to six months. The latter end of this projected spectrum could dip into mid-August, which could still give him the chance to participate in preseason action to get his legs under him before the regular season.
That said, the Eagles likely won’t push Jeffery to be ready ahead of the preseason due to the injury he is recovering from and his importance to their offensive game plan in the passing game. The 28-year-old is already under contract for the long haul about to step into the first year of the four-year, $52 million extension that he signed with the team last December. He was a huge factor in the postseason recording 12 catches for 219 receiving yards with three touchdowns in three games played.
A bulk of that production came in the NFC Championship game in the 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings where he had five catches for 85 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. He followed that up in the 41-33 win in the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots making three receptions on eight targets for 73 receiving yards with a touchdown.
The Eagles will likely monitor his recovery process over the next couple of months to get a better gauge before committing to a timetable for when he can return to the field.