Eagles QB Nick Foles has strained shoulder
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and Super Bowl hero Nick Foles had it rough during Thursday’s preseason matchup with the New England Patriots. After missing last week’s preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of upper-body spasms, Foles was knocked out of the Pats game with a shoulder injury, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.
Foles sustained the ailment after getting stripped and sacked by Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn in the second quarter that resulted in a fumble recovery and score by New England rookie linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley. Foles would finish the game with only 44 passing yards on just 3-for-9 pass completions in a 37-20 road loss.
The veteran quarterback allayed any fears that the injury might be serious with his comments postgame.
“I was getting ready to throw a deep ball and it got grabbed as I was following on through, so it sort of got a little strained,” Foles told reporters after the game per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “So, you know, I was with the trainers, I’ll go in tomorrow and get treatment on it and sort of go from there. But it feels all right, feels pretty good. Hopefully there’s no issues.”
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Foles will still have tests done on his shoulder on Friday, perhaps just to make sure that there is nothing to worry about his status for the start of the regular season.
For the Eagles, the hope is that Nick Foles will be ultimately given the green light to play for Week 1 of the regular season. He is the standby quarterback in case Carson Wentz isn’t ready by Sep. 6, when Philly hosts the Atlanta Falcons.
If both quarterbacks can’t go, the Eagles may opt for Nate Sudfeld to start under center. Sudfeld exploded for 312 passing yards on 22-of-39 completions to go with three touchdowns against an interception in the loss to the Patriots.