Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has a “crack” in his left collarbone, coach Chip Kelly said Monday, but the injury won’t need to be repaired surgically, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Foles is expected to miss a stretch of games, depending on whether the bone was displaced. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks, the source told Schefter.
“I feel very bad for Nick that he’s going to be out,” Kelly said.
Last season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his left collarbone in a Week 9 game against the Chicago Bears. Rodgers didn’t return until Week 17.
Foles’ injury comes midway through a season that was about the third-year quarterback solidifying his hold on the Eagles’ quarterback job, a season that was not following that particular script. The Eagles are 6-2 with Foles at the controls, but the quarterback’s inconsistent play and penchant for throwing interceptions were troubling.
Some of that was caused by injuries along the Eagles’ offensive line. The Eagles were hoping to see if Foles regained his 2013 form when the line returned to full strength. Center Jason Kelce played in Houston after missing four games due to sports hernia surgery. Left guard Evan Mathis is eligible to return from the reserve/designated-to-return list for Monday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
But it will be Mark Sanchez playing behind Kelce and Mathis. The former New York Jets quarterback signed with the Eagles in the offseason. Sanchez, who handled the backup role with aplomb, now gets a chance to re-establish himself as a starting-caliber NFL quarterback by rescuing the Eagles’ season.
“Nothing changes,” Sanchez said Sunday after playing three quarters in Houston. “How do I prepare to play? How do I prepare to watch a game? It’s the same. I might get less reps as a backup, but I am watching the same amount of film. I am doing the same amount of drills. I am taking advantage of my time that I can during the week. I can’t cut corners or I’ll get caught off guard out there. This league will expose you and you’ve got to be ready.”
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