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Eagles HC Doug Pederson on Alshon Jeffery: ‘We’re happy where he’s at’

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery’s availability for the start of the regular season was put under doubt after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Jeffery could still be on the PUP list to begin the campaign.

Jeffery, who is still recovering from rotator cuff surgery in February, would have to miss the first six games of the year if he remains on the PUP by the start of the season.

But when asked about the report, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson didn’t sound overly concerned about his wideout’s status.

“You know what, I’m not going to comment on that because we’re monitoring his progress, it’s day-to-day, we’re happy where he’s at, and we’ll continue to do that,” Pederson said per Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice. “But I’m not sure where that came from.”

Despite being one of the top insiders in the league, Rapoport has been wrong about the Eagles and the PUP list before. His report about Carson Wentz likely starting training camp on the PUP turned out to be inaccurate.

The Eagles will obviously be hoping that Rapoport turns out to be wrong again when it comes to Jeffery. The 28-year-old emerged as a reliable go-to receiver in his debut season for the Eagles. He finished with 57 catches for 789 yards and nine touchdowns.

As good as the defending champions are, Jeffery’s absence for the first six games of the season will still be a tough blow, so they’ll need to get him off the PUP list ASAP.