Alshon Jeffery still not practicing; what about Week 1?

NBC Sports Philadelphia Staff
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<p>There is uncertainty over whether Alshon Jeffery will be ready for the season opener, but Monday's report should also be taken with a grain of salt.</p>

Alshon Jeffery still not practicing; what about Week 1?

There is uncertainty over whether Alshon Jeffery will be ready for the season opener, but Monday's report should also be taken with a grain of salt.

With 3½ weeks to go before opening day, Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery remains on the Reserve-Physically Unable to Perform list, hasn't practiced during training camp and - as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday - is uncertain to be ready for the season opener.

Rapoport is the same reporter who suggested that Carson Wentz could begin training camp on the PUP list one day before he was a full participant in practice.

Jeffery, who played the second half of last year with a rotator cuff injury, underwent surgery in February.

That Jeffery may not be ready for the Sept. 6 opener against the Falcons at the Linc is certainly no surprise. The Eagles have never indicated that Jeffery would be ready and he hasn't done any football-related activities during the first three weeks of training camp.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Saturday that Jeffery is doing well but remains very limited.

"He's doing a great job with his rehab," Pederson said. "He's in, I would say, more the strength phase with the weights and that part. He's still doing his lower body conditioning with running and doing some things that way with his legs, making sure his cardiovascular is good.

"He can't do a ton of stuff yet necessarily on the field because of the motion of the arm swing, but we can get him in the tanks, the pools, the Alter Gs, things like that, and get his cardio up. But kind of in the strength phase right now and really doing a nice job."

Jeffery caught 57 passes for 789 yards and nine touchdowns last year in his first year with the Eagles and added 12 catches for 219 yards and three TDs in the postseason, including an acrobatic first-quarter touchdown catch from Nick Foles.

Depending on when the Eagles believe Jeffery will be ready, they can either place him on regular-season PUP, which means he's out the first six weeks, or they can use a spot on the 53-man roster for him until he's ready.

If Jeffery were unable to play right off the bat, the Eagles would likely start Mike Wallace, whose stats were very similar to Jeffery's last year - 52-for-748 and four TDs.

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