Eagles’ Cody Kessler in concussion protocol after leaving preseason game
For the second straight week, the Philadelphia Eagles witnessed an injury to their starting preseason quarterback. Cody Kessler prematurely left a 24-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars after getting crushed by Jaguars defensive end Datone Jones on a glaring offensive line miscue.
Kessler went down for a few minutes but walked off the field under his own power. A referee called an injury timeout as a medical spotter pulled him off the field. In the second half, Philadelphia announced that Kessler is in concussion protocol, ending his night.
In Week 1’s 27-10 loss against the Tennessee Titans, Carson Wentz’s backup Nate Sudfeld suffered a broken wrist. He had surgery quickly after. While the injury won’t be season-ending, it will take him out for six weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Despite Sudfeld’s injury, the Eagles didn’t sign another quarterback. Therefore, rookie Clayton Thorson, hailing from Northwestern, played most of the game. Thorson went 16-for-26 for 175 yards. He threw a touchdown — albeit an underthrow that Greg Ward made up for — and an interception on the night.
With one healthy quarterback behind Wentz on the roster, the Eagles are likely to be involved in the backup quarterback market. Notable veteran names available include Brock Osweiler, Brandon Weeden, Connor Cook, Sam Bradford, and AAF star Luis Perez (whom the Eagles worked out recently). Colin Kaepernick is also available and vying for a return.
No matter where the Eagles go with the quarterback position, it’s clear as day they need a new one.