Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery undergoes successful shoulder surgery
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery made good on his remarkable guarantee to win the Super Bowl this season. Apparently, he did so while playing all season with an injured shoulder, which he finally underwent surgery to repair on Wednesday morning.
#Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery had successful surgery this morning on a torn rotator cuff, sources say. He suffered it in training camp and played through it, somehow, on the way to a Super Bowl.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 21, 2018
Jeffery missed 11 games in his last two seasons with the Chicago Bears due to an assortment of injuries. But despite the injury to his shoulder, he still had a strong debut campaign for the Eagles after coming over in the offseason. He astoundingly played all 16 regular-season games, catching 57 balls for 789 yards, which led all Eagles wide receivers, and nine touchdowns, which led the team.
More importantly, though, Jeffery came up huge in the postseason. He had 12 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns in three playoff games. He was outstanding during the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings as he caught all five balls thrown his way for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He caught just three of his eight targets in the Super Bowl, but one of those three was a terrific 34-yard touchdown grab.
It’s a testament to Jeffery’s toughness that he performed so well even though he was clearly less than 100 percent. It was a good thing he was able to gut it out, too, as he was instrumental in helping the Eagles offense transform into one of the very best in the league.
After signing a one-year deal to join the Eagles in the summer, Jeffery was able to secure a four-year extension for himself in December. That makes his decision to soldier on and play with the injury all the more admirable. And as well as he played in his first year for the Eagles, he could get even better after finally getting his shoulder fixed.