The Philadelphia Eagles don't yet know if their starting quarterback will play in Week 1, and now it appears their top wideout could miss at least the first two games of the 2018 NFL season.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least the first two games of the season, but there is optimism that he could return by Week 3.
The Eagles begin their Super Bowl title defense with the season kickoff game on Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons, and it's not clear if QB Carson Wentz (knee) will be out there for that one or whether backup Nick Foles will be pressed into duty. In Week 2, the Eagles go on the road to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before returning home in Week 3 to face the Indianapolis Colts.
Jeffery underwent shoulder surgery in mid-February to repair a torn rotator cuff. At the time, and at various points along the way since then, there was optimism that Jeffery would be back by the start of the regular season. And even though Jeffery has been catching "75 balls a day," according to head coach Doug Pederson, it appears the wideout still has some recovery time needed.
It was an injury Jeffery initially suffered in training camp last summer. He played through the pain all the way through the Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in which he caught three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles plan to activate Jeffery from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list to the 53-man roster this weekend during the cut-down process with the hope he'll return early in the season. Any player who remains on PUP after Sept. 1 must sit out the first six games of the season.