Report: Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery expected to miss first two weeks of the season

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 34-yard touchdown pass against Eric Rowe #25 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles may have to open defense of their Super Bowl championship without one of their biggest pieces, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.

And no, we’re not talking about quarterback Carson Wentz; his status for Philly’s September 6 season opener with the Atlanta Falcons is still up in the air.

Schefter tweeted Tuesday afternoon that one of Wentz’s top targets, receiver Alshon Jeffrey, is expected to miss at least the first two games of the season as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery.

Jeffrey is expected to be part of the Eagles’ active 53-man roster, and the team is optimistic he’ll be back by Week 3, Schefter reports.

Jeffery reportedly played all of last season — including the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII — with a torn rotator cuff. He underwent surgery in February, and the normal timetable for recovery is 6-9 months, according to reports.

Jeffrey caught three passes for 73 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown in the Super Bowl. In his first season with Philadelphia, he racked up 57 catches for 789 yards and nine scores.