Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery still a few weeks away from returning
The Philadelphia Eagles missed the presence of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in their ugly 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night, but unfortunately the defending champions are going to have to make do without him for a few more weeks.
Jeffery gave an update on his shoulder injury to Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas:
A few notes from last night: Alshon Jeffery said he has “a couple more visits with the doctor” before he can return. “Some days I feel great, and some days … a shoulder injury is pretty tough,” he said. Asked if he was still a few weeks out, he nodded.
— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) September 7, 2018
Jeffery did play some catch with recovering quarterback Carson Wentz before the game, and they’re itching to get back out on the field:
“I really can’t wait to get back out there,” Jeffery said.” You’ll definitely see a difference. I gotta take it to another level.”
Jeffery underwent surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff shortly after the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. He suffered the injury in last year’s training camp but played through discomfort and caught 57 passes for 789 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season. He notched 12 catches for 219 yards and three scores in the playoffs, including a 34-yard touchdown grab in the Super Bowl.
With Jeffery out and fellow wideout Mack Hollins just placed on injured reserve, Philly’s offensive attack was limited against Atlanta. Nick Foles threw for just 117 yards on 19 completions, giving him a paltry 6.16 yards per completion average. That would be a low mark for yards per attempt. Zach Ertz led the receiving group with 48 yards on five receptions, while Nelson Agholor had eight catches for a puny 33 yards.
Still, the Eagles were able to grind out a win against a strong team despite their weak offensive attack. Hopefully, Jeffery can heal up and get back out on the field soon.
Philly faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.