Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery still ‘week to week’ with injury
Following weeks of anticipation, the Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced the return of Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz with him being in line to be the starter for Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts.
However, head coach Doug Pederson has made it clear that star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is still recovering from his offseason rotator cuff surgery that will keep him off the field for a bit longer, according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Doug Pederson still says Alshon Jeffery is a "week to week" injury. #Eagles
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 17, 2018
Although the Eagles will be getting a huge boost under center, the team will have to wait for longer for Jeffery to make his return. He is still working his way back from a surgery that typically takes three to four months to heal completely, which is a timetable that he is still within that window of time. He has picked up his level of activity over the last few weeks with his participation in practice as he has been catching balls at higher rates as time has passed that has given a stronger indication that he is getting closer toward being medically cleared by the team.
Philadelphia has become quite thin at wide receiver with Jeffery already along with offseason addition Mike Wallace now being on the mend with an ankle injury that he suffered on Sunday against the Buccaneers. This has pushed the bulk of the responsibility in the passing game to Nelson Agholor as the primary target as his position alongside Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz. This could also see wide receivers Kamar Aiken become more involved with the running backs such as Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood will be utilized more out of the backfield.
The return of Wentz will provide a significant upgrade under center, but the absence of Jeffery will still be felt especially with the thin roster at the wide receiver for proven talent.