Pederson Confirms Peters Surgery, Jeffery Day-to-Day
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The bye week helped for Alshon Jeffery but the veteran receiver is still being monitored as preparation ramps up for the New England Patriots.
Jeffery, who has been dealing with a calf issue dating back to Week 2 in Atlanta, suffered an ankle in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears in Week 9.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson surmised that the week off certainly helped Jeffery but that his WR1 is still "sore" and day-to-day at this point.
Jeffery was not at practice Wednesday in the portion open to the media while Pederson and offensive coordinator Mike Groh, the former WRs coach, gave extra attention to the group as a whole.
If Jeffery is unable to go against the Patriots Sunday, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside will be joined by the recently-signed Jordan Matthews as Carson Wentz's options outside.
Pederson also clarified some other injury issues notably that left tackle Jason Peters underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee, something offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland let slip on Monday when he said the future Hall of Famer has the issue "taken care of."
Peters was back at practice on Wednesday and took the first rep of individual drills.
“We’ll see where he’s at, at the end week,” Pederson said when discussing Peters’ status for the Pats.
Both Pederson and Stoutland have already confirmed that Peters will be the starter at LT when healthy even though first-round pick Andre Dillard has shown steady improvement since being thrown into the deep end of the pool and struggling a bit against Minnesota edge rusher Everson Griffen.
As for linebacker Nigel Bradham (ankle), things continue to progress and Pederson said Bradham would be able to start running at practice on Wednesday. Although that part is not necessarily a good sign for Sunday Pederson is still hopeful to have his top LB.
“He is feeling better, so [I'm] optimistic there is a chance for this game,” Pederson said when discussing Bradham.
LeBlanc remains on injured reserve after a preseason foot injury and was eligible to come back against Chicago. Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said a return is "on the horizon" Monday but LeBlanc is still not quite ready.
“Cre’Von is still working,” Pederson explained.
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