Alshon Jeffery is unlikely to suit up for the Eagles’ first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers next week. The team is expected to take a cautious approach while Jeffery recovers from what’s been described as a “minor” shoulder injury, sources tell BGN Radio’s John Barchard. Sources also indicate Jeffery wants to play but the Eagles don’t want to risk anything at this point.
Jeffery first got banged up during Eagles training camp practice last Saturday, July 30. He missed some practice reps before later returning to team drills. Jeffery then practiced on Sunday. He hasn’t returned to action since the Eagles had an off day on Monday, however.
Head coach Doug Pederson recently said Jeffery is “okay.”
“In Alshon's case, we just wanted to give him a day,” said Pederson. “I've seen a lot from Alshon. Obviously, he has done a great job and this is a good way for us to get some of our younger players [...] a chance to get some reps with our younger guys.”
It’s obviously not ideal to see Jeffery missing time, but it’s hard to blame the Eagles for being overly cautious here. Jeffery has an injury history and the team doesn’t need to unnecessarily risk playing him in a preseason game if he’s not 100%. Jeffery is obviously very critical to the success of the team and the development of Carson Wentz, which goes hand-in-hand.
The Eagles’ first preseason game takes place in Green Bay next week against the Packers on Thursday, August 10. Start time is 8:00 PM ET.