Philadelphia Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery undergoes rotator cuff surgery after playing through injury: report
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery played through a torn rotator cuff all season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery helped the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Super Bowl while playing through a torn rotator cuff all season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Jeffery had surgery to repair the injury Wednesday morning, Rapoport reported. A 28-year-old receiver, Jeffery suffered the injury in training camp, according to Rapoport, but he didn’t miss a game in his first year with the Birds en route to a championship.
Not only that, Jeffery’s performance helped him earn a four year extension worth up to $52 million that runs through the 2021 season.
Jeffery missed a chunk of the Eagles’ preseason, and the team said at the time he was battling a minor shoulder injury. The absences from practices and exhibitions caused a bit of hubbub this summer, but Jeffery didn’t show obvious signs of pain once the regular season began in September and worry within the fan base faded.
While Jeffery’s yardage production dipped in 2017, he still hauled in 57 catches for 789 yards and nine touchdowns. Eagles coaches routinely credited Jeffery’s selflessness and presence on the outside for helping the offense maintain balance and efficiency throughout the year.
Jeffery hauled in a leaping 34-yard catch in the Super Bowl to score the game’s first touchdown with an eye-opening highlight. He finished with three receptions for 73 yards in Philadelphia’s 41-33 win over the Patriots.
It could take Jeffery several months to return to full health from his surgery, so he’s likely to be limited for at least a portion of the Eagles’ offseason workout program. But unless he experiences a significant setback, Philly’s top receiver will be healthy enough to play when the team’s title defense begins in earnest in September.