Report: Alshon Jeffery Still a ‘Few Weeks’ Away
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was inactive on opening night against the Falcons, and told MMQB's Jenny Vrentas that he's still a "few weeks" away from returning.
"Some days I feel great, and some days ... a shoulder injury is pretty tough," Jeffery told Vrentas. "I really can’t wait to get back out there. You’ll definitely see a difference. I gotta take it to another level."
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has continued to say Jeffery is week to week, but a return doesn't appear to be relatively close, at least according to Jeffery. In his absence, DeAndre Carter seemed to get the nod over Shelton Gibson, who had a very good preseason.
"It's based on kind of how we go into each game. It's not a match-up thing or anything like that. It's just that DeAndre right now is more of an inside receiver and Shelton is more of an outside guy. We moved [WR] Nelson [Agholor] outside a little bit more in this game, which allowed for DeAndre to play. And then we put DeAndre at the point where he was having to block safeties and -- he does a nice job there. It was a little bit by scheme, but also the way the game kind of played out."
Carter had one catch for 10 yards in the game, Gibson was held without a catch.
The Eagles kept Jeffery on the active roster, suggesting he will be back before Week 7, but after this report, it appears that the Eagles will be without Jeffery for awhile longer.
Jeffery, tore his rotator cuff in training camp last summer and played through it all the way through the Super Bowl. He had surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff back in February.