Alshon Jeffery Expected to Miss Start of Season
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Whoever plays quarterback for the Eagles on Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons will not be throwing the football to Alshon Jeffery.
A report from ESPN.com claims Philadelphia is expecting Jeffery to miss the first two games of the regular season but will place the WR1 on the 53-man roster to begin the campaign.
Jeffery is recovering from offseason rotator-cuff surgery and has been on the PUP list and not able to practice this summer.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson actually offered an update on Jeffery before practice on Tuesday.
"He's doing well in this rehab. He's working every day," Pederson said. "He's progressed up to about 75 throws a day and really doing a nice job with that. We're just going to continue to monitor him and we'll see where he is at next week and make a decision. But right now, he's progressing well; we just got to see his day by day."
Earlier in the month, Pederson indicated Jeffery was in as Recovery Phase 3 (after "Passive Motion" and "Active Motion") of 4 with the final hurdle being full activity with six months as the end of the timetable.
Week 1 was always the goal with Jeffery, who underwent surgery in February. However, ESPN South Jersey reported back on August 13 that Jeffery could miss a game or two and the Eagles would carry him on the 53-man roster and make him inactive on game days if that was the case.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen