Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery passes physical and is officially off the PUP list
It’s something that most people expect, but Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made it official on Friday that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is now off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
“Eagles coach Doug Pederson signaled this last night, but it is official: WR Alshon Jeffery passed his physical and is off the PUP list, per the transaction wire.”
While it’s merely just a change of designation to avoid Jeffery from being left out of the final 53-man roster, it still serves as a good sign that the veteran’s health progress is trending towards the right direction. Had the Eagles transferred Jeffery’s name onto the reserve/PUP list, the receiver would have been ruled ineligible to practice and play for the Eagles over the first six weeks of the regular season.
Alshon Jeffery sustained a torn rotator cuff last year but braved through the injury for the entire 2017 season. His sacrifice paid off, though, as the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
Only after Philadelphia lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy did Jeffery go under the knife to repair the injury back in February. The original goal for Jeffery was to be ready by Week 1 of the 2018 season, but that’s now out of the picture, as he is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season.
The 28-year-old wideout signed a four-year deal worth $52 million with the Eagles last December and finished the 2017 campaign with 789 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 57 receptions.