Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery still not cleared for contact, but looking good in limited practice
In the months that have followed offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been making a steady recovery.
Head coach Doug Pederson touched upon Jeffery’s promising progress through Jeffery’s rehab from the injury but did note that he has yet to be cleared for contact, according to Tom Pelissero of The NFL Network.
Pederson says Alshon Jeffery has not been cleared for contact. Still limited in practice but looks good, strong, running good routes … progressing day by day.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 21, 2018
The Eagles have kept a close eye on Jeffery’s work in the last few weeks with the hope that he can make a return over the next couple of weeks. There have been reports that he may be able to get back on the field by Week 4 or 5 as that remains consistent with the week-by-week diagnosis that the team has continued to lay out in front of him. There is a precautionary approach to the entire situation given that he’s dealing with major shoulder surgery that takes several months to fully heal.
At the same time, Jeffery hasn’t experienced any setbacks along the way as has already been running routes along with catching balls on the practice field. This is a clear sign that he is regaining his range of motion to be able to move forward to the next step. It may simply be him trying to get his body used to that type of movement once again he’s working his way back from an injury that he played through for the entire 2017 season.
The Eagles already have a plan in place even with Mike Wallace being placed on the IR with an ankle injury as veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews was brought back to the team this week to help alleviate the pressure with that unit. The team will also see the return of Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz to give the offense a significant boost to push them back in the right direction.