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Doug Pederson is ‘optimistic’ Alshon Jeffery will play in Week 4

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery missed his team’s loss against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but head coach Doug Pederson is “optimistic” that Jeffery will be available for the Eagles’ Week 4 matchup with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, according to Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Jeffery sustained his injury early in Philadelphia’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, failing to log a catch. He finished with five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 1 win over the Washington Redskins.

Jeffery is not the only Philly receiver currently dealing with an injury, either.

Fellow wide out DeSean Jackson suffered an abdominal strain against the Falcons and was sidelined versus the Lions. He is also expected to miss the game against the Packers.

Jeffery signed with Philadelphia in March 2017 and played in all 16 games during his first year with the club, catching 57 passes for 789 yards and nine touchdowns while playing a pivotal role in the Eagles’ winning their first Super Bowl title.

He then followed that up by appearing in 13 contests last season, hauling in 65 receptions for 843 yards and six scores.

The 29-year-old has played just one full 16-game campaign since 2015.

Jeffery, who played his collegiate football at the University of South Carolina, was originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round (45th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He spent his first five years with the Bears, making one Pro Bowl in 2013 after snaring 89 balls for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Eagles are 1-2 on the season.