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Alshon Jeffery's return is getting closer for Eagles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 20, 2018 - 7:36 am

The Eagles made an addition to their wide receiver core this week when they brought back a familiar face in Jordan Matthews

Now the question is, when will their top receiver, Alshon Jeffery, be making his return?

Jeffery, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, appears to be on his way to making a return sooner rather than later. Jeffery returned to practice last week, taking part in individual drills for the first time since training camp opened. He is expected to take another step forward this week at practice. 

"Yeah," head coach Doug Pederson said when asked if Jeffery will be moving forward in his rehab this week. "I mean, he's a lot like Carson (Wentz) was a couple weeks ago being able to get back into the mix and do some 11-on-11 stuff. This will be a big week in that regard."

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Jeffery returning to 11-on-11 drills in some capacity is big news for the Eagles. Wentz's return to full-team drills signaled a big step towards his return to the field. Jeffery is still being called "week-to-week" by Pederson, and it is very unlikely he plays this upcoming Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. 

It might not be soon after this Sunday, however, that Jeffery returns to action for the Eagles. 

“Player sources said it was Week 4 or 5. I still think it is Week 4 or 5," NFL Insider Adam Caplan said on the Go Birds podcast. "It is a situation where they are starting to ramp up his work this week. It is just a matter of does he look like he is ready or not. Range of motion, pain tolerance, soreness after he gets a lot more work. I’ve heard, from people that have seen him, he looks really good.”

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