By Michael Donovan

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is back practicing this week for the first time since his rotator cuff surgery last spring.

It’s unlikely he’ll play next week at the Linc against the Colts, but he’ll be back by Week 4 or 5.

So, why did Jeffery play all last season with a painful rotator cuff injury rather than shut it down?

According to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philly, Jeffery said:

“If I had it to do over again, I would. I wanted to play in the Super Bowl!”

Although was a huge factor in the playoffs with 12 catches for 219 receiving yards with three touchdowns in three games played.

His presence on the field alone makes a huge impact in opening up opportunities for his teammates while making the offense more formidable in the process.

He was the clear-cut top receiving option that helped the Eagles experience much offensive success that fueled their run to win the Super Bowl.

His ability to play at a high level through the injury speaks to his mental fortitude and pain tolerance to deal with an injury that can often times prematurely end an entire season. This likely a large part of why Jeffery decided to grind out the rest of the year with his eyes on helping the Eagles push forward for a championship. His play was highly critical in helping push the franchise to heights it hadn’t been since entering the NFL.

This has come at a cost with him still working his way back from the injury, but he is expected to make his return to the field in the near future. The Eagles have voiced that he is a couple of weeks away from being cleared to play as he has continued to ramp up his workload in practice that has seen him catch balls.

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