Eagles Lose QB Nick Foles to Broken Clavicle
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles wasn’t having the best 2014 season. It got only worse on Sunday. Per reports, Foles suffered a “cracked” clavicle when his shoulder was driven into the ground midway through Philly’s week nine win over the Houston Texans.
Foles underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his broken collarbone and assess a return timetable. However, the results of the tests were not immediately known.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a similar injury last year, however, and wound up missing seven games. Should that be the case for Foles, as well, he could be looking at a week 16 return. It’s also possible Foles’ break isn’t quite as severe, and he could only miss up to a month of action.
Regardless of exactly how much time he’ll miss, Foles definitely won’t be playing in week 10 or anytime in the immediate future. That settles backup Mark Sanchez in as the new starting quarterback for the Eagles until Foles can make a return.
At first glance, dropping from Foles to Sanchez is a major downgrade and could hurt Philly’s hopes of locking up the NFC East division or making a deep playoff run. Sanchez only needs to keep the Eagles afloat, though, and judging by how he fared in relief of Foles on Sunday, that’s something he just might be able to do.
Sanchez came in and looked relatively in command, as he tossed two scores with 202 passing yards. Sanchez also threw two interceptions, but one pick was a badly tipped pass by his own teammate. Overall, the former Jet actually looked quite good under center, while head coach Chip Kelly suggested his team’s offense didn’t miss a beat offensively.
Those are big words for Sanchez, who flamed out with the Jets and will now try to keep the Eagles in contention for a division crown and ultimate playoff spot.
While this is bad news for Philly’s playoff hopes, it might not be totally damning. After all, Foles himself struggled all year with timing, accuracy and turnovers, so it’s somewhat possible Sanchez could even serve as a short-term upgrade. What happens once Foles gets back (if he gets back), however, remains to be seen.
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