Eagles Injury Update: Doug Pederson still not concerned with Nick Foles' elbow injury

Eagles Injury Update: Doug Pederson still not concerned with Nick Foles' elbow injury

Nick Foles, who is still dealing with lingering elbow soreness, is among 11 Eagles who won't practice Sunday.

Foles has practiced minimally throughout the summer and still hasn't played in a preseason game, but head coach Doug Pederson on Sunday again claimed he isn't worried about his backup quarterback.

Is Pederson able to trust Foles for the season?

"I am," he said. "These are obviously sensitive elbow issues, being on a throwing arm. Just want to make sure he's getting the proper amount of throws. That's why we're just going to ease him back in this week and get him ready for the regular season."

Foles actually returned for two practices, including one against the Dolphins, after missing most of the summer. He looked pretty good but was then held out of the second practice against Miami for "precautionary" reasons and didn't play in the game against the Dolphins.

Pederson said he hasn't yet decided if Foles will play Thursday on the road against the Jets.

"It's getting better, obviously," Pederson said of Foles' elbow. "He'll begin throwing again this week. Again, don't want to rush him back."

The decision to keep two or three quarterbacks on the roster won't be influenced by Foles' injury, Pederson said.

It addition to Foles, Ron Brooks, Brent Celek, Nate Gerry, Najee Goode, Brandon Graham, Jordan Hicks, Jalen Mills, Paul Turner, Destiny Vaeao and Sidney Jones will also miss Sunday's practice.

Pederson said all of 11 players sitting Sunday will be ready for Week 1 except Jones, who is recovering from his Achilles tear.

The Eagles will get Beau Allen back at practice Sunday. The veteran DT has been removed from the non-football injury list after tearing his pec in the spring. Pederson would like to get him into the game Thursday.

There's also a chance new cornerback Dexter McDougle could play against the Jets. McDougle was acquired in a trade for Terrence Brooks on Sunday morning, but won't be at practice later in the day.

"It's still to be determined if he'll play Thursday," Pederson said. "But if he's ready to go, wouldn't mind letting him take a few snaps."

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

The Super Bowl champion Eagles face a multitude of tough decisions this offseason. 

The toughest is what to do with Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. With franchise QB Carson Wentz recovering from a serious knee injury, the situation becomes more complicated.

Longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian essentially thinks Foles is untouchable.

Two first-round and two second-round picks would be a doozy of an offer for a quarterback who has one year left under contract. But that speaks to how highly Polian values Foles and the idea of having a top-notch backup QB on a contending team.

Former Eagles LB turned TV host Dhani Jones is in the same boat as Polian, saying he believes that Foles should be the starter, even if Wentz is healthy by Week 1.

Check out Jones' opinion in the video above.

Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

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Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

While the Eagles have been figuring out their new-look coaching staff, one of the more important people in the NovaCare Complex is leaving.

Head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his role with the team.

"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the Eagles said in a statement.

Peduzzi took over as head trainer after Rick Burkholder went to Kansas City with Andy Reid in 2013. But Peduzzi had been with the Eagles in some capacity since 1999, when he joined the franchise as an assistant trainer.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly. I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions.

"However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off. This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future. I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”