Alshon Jeffery cleared for contact, could play in Week 4 against Titans
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced on Wednesday that Alshon Jeffery has been cleared for contact. While Pederson stated Jeffery could make his season debut against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, that determination will be made later this week.
Pederson clarified Jeffery’s potential status for Week 4 by stating the Eagles need to determine “where he’s at physically with everything he’s gone through” before the wide receiver is activated for Sunday’s game.
“It’s a situation where you want to make sure the player is 100 percent right when he’s back on the field.,” Pederson said, via NJ.com.
Jeffery played the entirety of last season with a torn rotator cuff but still was the unquestioned top wideout in the Eagles’ receiving corps. His return, which appears will be sooner rather than later even if it’s not in Week 4, could not come at a better time. The Eagles have been decimated by injuries at the receiver position, having lost Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins to injured reserve already this season.
And with Carson Wentz’s return last weekend — a game in which he did not target a wide receiver until halfway through the second quarter in a win over the Indianapolis Colts — Jeffery’s impending availability will be most welcomed.
“Alshon is a dominant player,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “Defenses have to respect him … Defenses aren’t going to be able to focus on (Agholor), myself, Dallas (Goedert). They have to be there and account for Alshon because he’s a really good football player.”