The Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles reportedly won't be fielding their full roster for the start of the 2018 season, as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least the first two games, league and team sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
Jeffery will be activated to the 53-man roster this weekend, with the team optimistic he'll be ready for Week 3, Schefter and Mortensen add. Removing the wideout from the preseason physically unable to perform (PUP) list will allow him to work with the team on the field.
The 28-year-old underwent shoulder surgery in February, and doctors believe it's in his best interest to sit out the first two weeks to maintain the progress he's made in rehab. A stint on the regular-season PUP list is believed to be unnecessary.
Jeffery caught 57 of 120 targets for 789 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Eagles in 2017.
Philadelphia opens the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.