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After missing four days last week, Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery returned to practice on Sunday, but he isn't sure if he'll play in the preseason opener Thursday evening in Green Bay. 

Jeffery, the Eagles' big free-agent acquisition, practiced during the individual portions on Sunday (see Sunday's practice observations), but did not participate in any team portions (11-on-11 or 7-on-7). 

On Friday, Jeffery missed his fourth consecutive day of practice but head coach Doug Peterson said Jeffery was past his shoulder strain. He just wanted to give the veteran an extra day of rest. 

After Sunday's practice, Jeffery said his shoulder "feels good." 

As for playing on Thursday? 

"I don't make those decisions," Jeffery said. "Just go out there and just do what they tell me and just play football."

While Jeffery missed a week of practice while he's still learning in a new offense and his new teammates, he didn't seem concerned. 

"I still went out there," Jeffery said. "Even though I didn't practice with the team, I was still going through the plays, doing stuff on my own. I feel pretty good. I got all the reps, I just wasn't there with the team."

The biggest question is about the level of comfort and chemistry Jeffery has with quarterback Carson Wentz. The week might seem significant, but the two worked together early in camp, in the spring and even in North Dakota when Wentz brought his receivers to his home state for a week. 

 

Jeffery said the two have been spending a ton of time together recently. 

"Any time we get a chance to talk about how we see things," Jeffery said. "We be together all the time. We're in training camp so we talk about football all the time. We good."

The Eagles have been pretty cautious with Jeffery so far during training camp, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them continue that trend and hold him out of the first preseason game on Thursday. 

Late last week, Doug Pederson said he didn't know if Jeffery would play.  

"Right now we're on Sunday," Jeffery said. "We'll talk about Thursday when we get there."