Report: Alshon Jeffery could return to Eagles offense in September

NFL: OCT 27 Eagles at Bills
ORCHARD PARK, NY – OCTOBER 27: Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) walks out to the field prior to the National Football League game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills on October 27, 2019, at New Era Field in Orchard Park, NY. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

According to NBC’s John Clark, Alshon Jeffery could be set to return to the Eagles’ offense in a few weeks. Clark stated ‘there is a chance’ that the former Chicago Bear will be ready to go in a few weeks.

This comes as a slight surprise. Jeffery has been out of action since sustaining a foot injury back in December of last year, but this could change how the team handle the roster cutdown.

Placing Alshon Jeffery on IR would mean he could be activated after three games, as opposed to six on the PUP list. This would mean he’d theoretically back for October and a primetime game against the Niners. If there’s ever a time to call it a comeback, giving some additional help to remove Richard Sherman from the equation.

The Eagles need to be smart here though. Alshon Jeffery would be dropped back into the deep end off of a serious injury, a really poor season statistically, and a myriad of off-the-field concerns. Not only that, but JJ Arcega-Whiteside has had a stellar Summer and should already have his clutches on the starting ‘X’ position. A strong start here only to be benched in favor of Alshon would hardly help his confidence.

With Reagor missing the start of the season, the Eagles could definitely use Jeffery’s prowess, but expecting him to win back a starting role at any stage this season could be an order too tall.

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