Eagles clear roster spot to sign QB Nate Sudfeld from practice squad

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Eagles clear roster spot to sign QB Nate Sudfeld from practice squad

For the first time under Doug Pederson, the Eagles have three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. 

The Eagles on Wednesday signed Nate Sudfeld from the practice squad and released defensive tackle Justin Hamilton from the 53-man roster. 

The Eagles made the move because another team was trying to sign Sudfeld, a league source said. The Eagles acted to keep him.  

Sudfeld — who looks a heckuva lot like Nick Foles — was Washington's sixth-round pick in 2016. The 6-6, 240-pound QB came out of Indiana, where he threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 61 touchdowns. 

Sudfeld spent his rookie season on Washington's practice squad before joining the Eagles' practice squad this fall. He had an opportunity to return to Washington but decided to come to Philadelphia instead. The Eagles coaching staff thinks very highly of Sudfeld. 

The Eagles planned to have three quarterbacks on the roster in 2016 but when Sam Bradford was traded, they rolled with Carson Wentz and Chase Daniel. Through the first half of this season, Wentz and Foles have been the two on the roster. 

With Sudfeld on the roster, he'll very likely be inactive on game days unless Foles suffers an injury.

Just how injured is Tom Brady's throwing hand?

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Just how injured is Tom Brady's throwing hand?

Tom Brady's hand injury didn't end up costing the Patriots the AFC title game. But the Patriots quarterback wasn't always so sure that would be the case.

On WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, Brady went into some detail as to what he was thinking when the injury occurred, how it happened, and how his bit of bad luck was followed by some good fortune. 

"We ran into each other, and my thumb just got bent back," Brady said. "It wasn't his helmet or anything. It just kind of got bent back, and that's why I thought it was a lot worse. The doctors checked it out and we did the things just to kind of check on everything. Fortunately there wasn't the damage that normally comes associated with that. I think we were very lucky."

Brady said once again, as he did Sunday night, that he hopes to have the stitches in his hand removed this week. Once that happens, Brady indicated that the hope was his hand would essentially be back to normal at that point.

"Because I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that, there was no broken bones, that was obviously the best news I could ever hear based on what you thought it could be," he said. "It ended up being a lot of good luck after, I'd say, a pretty unlucky injury. It turned out to be a lot good luck it wasn't more serious than it was."

Will Eagles avoid Gronk? Update on Pats' concussed star

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Will Eagles avoid Gronk? Update on Pats' concussed star

The two-week wait between championship weekend and Super Bowl LII should give Rob Gronkowski enough time to recover from his concussion Sunday.

The Patriots are "optimistic that he'll be cleared to play" in the Super Bowl, according to the Boston Herald.

Gronk was injured in the second quarter of the Patriots' game against the Jaguars when he was the victim of a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jacksonville safety Barry Church. 

The Patriots were still able to mount yet another playoff comeback despite Gronk's catching just one pass.

His return is obviously crucial to the Patriots' offense, which operates in an entirely different way when Gronk is on the field vs. when he's off it.

Gronk has faced the Eagles just once in his eight-year career. He caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 38-20 win over the Eagles in November 2011. Vince Young was the Eagles' starting quarterback.