Alshon Jeffrey won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles this season in extraordinary circumstances. Not only was his starting quarterback in Carson Wentz on the shelf for all of the playoffs, but the wide receiver actually played the entire season injured.
Jeffery started all 16 regular season games for Eagles, catching 57 passes for 789 yards and nine touchdowns. During the playoffs, Jeffery had 12 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns, which included a 34-yard touchdown in the 41-33 victory in Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots.
It was a memorable season for the wide receiver, who originally began the year on an interesting one-year deal with Philadelphia, but later received a four-year, $52 million extension from the franchise in December. It became even more remarkable after a story emerged about Jeffery this week.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jeffery played through the 2017 season with an injury as he hurt his right shoulder during training camp last year. On Wednesday, he underwent successful surgery on the torn rotator cuff and will now miss at least six months.
A source told ESPN's Josina Anderson that it is "very likely" that the wide receiver will miss the preseason and potentially the start of the regular season as well, "but the expectations are to be ready for Week 1."
It's incredibly impressive that Jeffery was able to play through the entire Super Bowl-winning season with this injury and put up the numbers which he did to earn a contract extension, but the worry now must be what kind of player is the wide receiver going to return as, as he has had problems coming back from injuries in the past during his time with the Chicago Bears.
The good news for him is that even with the time which he is spending on the shelf, he shouldn't have to learn anything new on the field as the Eagles are bringing back the exact same offensive system from last season.
However, there's a chance he could be rusty and not completely in game shape by the time Week 1 arrives since this injury will limit what he can do with his upper body over the next couple of months.
With $26.75 million guaranteed in his contract, the Eagles will be hoping Jeffery comes back as the same player he was last season when he is healthy enough to play.
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