Jeffery to IR; Eagles Promote Davis
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles made it official before practice on Thursday, shutting down receiver Alshon Jeffery with a non-contact foot injury suffered in Monday's overtime win against the New York Giants.
An NFL source described the issue as a Lisfranc injury to 973espn.com making Jeffery's status moving forward into the offseason shaky as well.
The veteran agreed to a restructured deal back in September which guaranteed his 2020 salary and keeps him under contract through the 2021 campaign with a team option for the 2022 season.
Jeffery, 29, suffered through an injury-plagued campaign, first fighting through calf and ankle issues before finally going down with the foot issue. Despite missing three games and nearly all of another he's second on the Eagles in receiving behind Zach Ertz with 43 receptions for 490 yards and four touchdowns.
To replace Jeffery on the roster the Eagles elevated 6-foot-3 practice-squad receiver Robert Davis, a sixth-round pick of Washington in the 2017 draft out of Georgia State where he was the school's career leader in receptions (222) and receiving yards (3,391).
A cousin of long-time NFL linebacker Thomas Davis, Rob was chosen over fellow practice-squad players Marcus Green and Marken Michel, because of his physical presence which somewhat replicates Jeffery's 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame.
“He’s a big body, target, moves well, runs well. Looks like he has great hands,” Carson Wentz said of Davis. “Obviously, he’s been on the scout team quite a bit so I haven’t had a ton of work with him but this week has been important to talk through things with him and get some reps with him on the practice field. I’m excited for him to get his opportunity and make some plays.”
To further bolster their practice squad at the position the Eagles signed receiver Deontay Burnett as well. Burnett is a Southern Cal product who went undrafted in the 2018 class before signing with the Tennessee Titans. He then moved on to the New York Jets where he had 10 receptions for 143 yards last season.
Burnett also spent nearly two months on the San Franciso practice squad this season before being released on Dec. 10.
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