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Will Alshon Jeffery Play Thursday Night Against The Packers?


Head coach Doug Pederson said that he has not made any decisions regarding the playing rotation for Thursday night's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers. He did say Carson Wentz will start at quarterback, but it remains to be seen how long he'll be on the field.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is "healthy enough to play in the game," according to Pederson. Jeffery suffered a shoulder injury earlier in Training Camp and has been limited in practice. The head coach's main goal is getting Jeffery ready for the regular-season opener on September 10 in Washington, so the Pro Bowl wideout may not be in action versus Green Bay. Pederson is not concerned about the chemistry between Jeffery and Wentz, saying that the two started working on it back in March after the wide receiver signed and have built a strong rapport since then.

Guard Brandon Brooks was sidelined Tuesday with an ankle injury. Chance Warmack took the first-team reps at right guard and would start if Brooks is held out.

"He's doing a great job," Pederson said of Warmack. "It would be a great opportunity."

Running back Donnel Pumphrey returned to practice Sunday after missing time with a hamstring injury, but it is not certain whether or not he will play Thursday.

Quarterback Nick Foles remains day to day with an elbow injury. Pederson said that he simply wants Foles ready for the regular season and is not rushing him back.

Pederson noted that the Ron Brooks' season-ending quad injury last season was similar to the loss of tackle Lane Johnson because of how it impacted the depth and forced players to move around. Brooks has resumed working with the first-team nickel defense as the slot cornerback in Training Camp.

"Ron is looking really good in practices," Pederson said. "I'm excited to watch him play in the next couple of games."

One position that Pederson is excited to watch is wide receiver.

"I love watching that position," Pederson said. "Our young guys are competing."

The evaluation process kicks up a notch with the start of the preseason games.

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