Jeffery expected to miss at least two games
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter it was announced that Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least the teams first two games of the regular season.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2018
Jeffery is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. With Jeffery expected to miss at least two games, the Eagles will need everyone to step up offensively.
Injuries taking a toll
While Carson Wentz status remains up in the air we now know the Eagles number one receiver won’t play. This leaves the Eagles a little thin now at wide receiver. Nelson Agholor is recovering a lower-body injury but is expected to play week one. Mack Hollins is also dealing with an injury and has not played at all this preseason.
#Eagles WR Nelson Agholor & RB Corey Clement (lower body injuries) have returned to Eagles practice
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) August 27, 2018
Expect to see a lot more Zach Ertz and Mike Wallace along with Agholor for the first few weeks. This also opens the door for Shelton Gibson as well.
Eagles first three opponents
We all know the Eagles host the Falcons September 6th. The team will then turn its attention to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week two in the team’s first road game of the year. The Bucs will be without quarterback Jameis Winston who is serving a three-game suspension to open the year.
The good news here is that the Eagles will have 10 days in between the Falcons and Bucs game to attempt to get a little healthier. If Jeffery misses a third game he would miss a home game vs Andrew Luck and the Colts.
No PUP List
While the news is a bit of a bummer the good news is that Jeffery will not open on the PUP List meaning he won’t miss the first six games. The big thing here is making sure Jeffery is healthy. The same goes for Wentz as well. If the Eagles can manage the first four to five weeks and then get healthy watch out.
Next man up
This won’t stop the Eagles approach as evident from last year. Overcoming injuries is nothing new. Even with Jeffery expected to miss a few games expect Pederson to stay aggressive. When Jeffery returns look for him to leave off right where he did last year.