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Alshon Jeffery returns to practice after 9 1/2 months

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For the first time in 290 days, Alshon Jeffery was out on a football field with his teammates.

Jeffery, who suffered a serious foot injury late last season, participated in individual drills during the portion of Eagles practice open to the media Thursday at the NovaCare Complex.

Jeffery was officially listed as a limited participant. 

Whether that means he’ll be ready to suit up when the Eagles face the Bengals on Sunday isn’t yet known, but it does mean he's getting very close.

If not the Bengals, then possibly the 49ers in Santa Clara a week from Sunday and you would think the Steelers game Week 5 at the latest.

Jeffery, 30, suffered a Lisfranc sprain in his foot during the Eagles’ win over the Giants at the Linc on Dec. 9.

He underwent surgery and has spent the last 9 ½ months rehabbing.

The Eagles could sure use a healthy Jeffery. Even if he’s no longer the guy who made a Pro Bowl and had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Bears in 2013 and 2014, he still has experience and a proven track record, something the Eagles are severely lacking right now at wide receiver.

Promising rookie first-round pick Jalen Reagor is out until November with a ligament tear in his thumb, and neither 2019 second-round pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside nor 2020 fifth-round pick John Hightower have caught a pass so far.

Right now, DeSean Jackson is the only healthy Eagles wide receiver with at least 35 career receptions.

Jeffery ranks 14th among active NFL receivers with 6,671 receiving yards and 45 TD catches.  Although he’s been slowed by injuries lately, he did have 843 yards in 13 games in 2018 and had a decent six-game stretch late last year between his calf and foot injuries, averaging just under 70 yards per game.