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."

Jay Gruden 'very upset' Eagles were able to land Carson Wentz

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Jay Gruden 'very upset' Eagles were able to land Carson Wentz

Washington head coach Jay Gruden has faced Carson Wentz just three times so far.

That's all he needed to think Wentz is special.  

"I think he's progressed at a rate as fast as anybody I've seen really," Gruden said on a conference call with Philly reporters on Thursday. "His ability to make plays in the pocket, his ability to stay in the pocket in the face of a rush and still deliver balls accurately, his command of the offense. 

"I think he's already proven this short in his career that he's one of the top quarterbacks in the league, quite frankly, and he's going to be for a long time. And I don't know how he got to Philadelphia. And I'm very upset about that." 

Wentz is 1-2 against Washington in his first three games, but that first win came in this season's opener on the road. In that game, Wentz completed 66 percent of his passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and one pick, for a passer rating of 96.8. 

And Wentz has gotten even better since then. He's now the favorite in Vegas to win the NFL MVP. 

When asked how daunting it might become to face Wentz twice per season for the foreseeable future, Gruden pointed out that it's similar to the Cowboys and Dak Prescott. Then he pointed out they still have to face Eli Manning twice per season. 

"Every week it seems like we're playing against an excellent quarterback and knowing that Wentz is going to be there for a long period of time just puts a few more gray hairs on my head," Gruden said. "But love the competition and it's our job to get after him and make him uncomfortable." 

While Wentz is clearly the Eagles' quarterback of the future, things are a little cloudier in Washington, where Kirk Cousins is in his second year of playing on a franchise tag. 

Gruden said the "intent" is to have Cousins for the long-term, but it's already been a long saga and there's still no deal in place. 

Cousins has had a crazy career path. He began as Robert Griffin III's backup after being taken three rounds later in the same draft in 2012. But he won the starting job and he's started every game for Washington the last three seasons. 

Thursday, on a conference call with Philly reporters, Cousins said he thought there was a good chance the Eagles were going to draft him in 2012. He felt that way after meeting with Howie Roseman and Andy Reid before the draft. But instead, the Eagles took Nick Foles 14 spots ahead of him. 

After watching the Eagles rotate quarterback since then, Cousins doesn't have any hard feelings. 

"I think the Eagles have ended up with the guy that they want," Cousins said. "I think they're really excited about Carson Wentz and for good reason. They're one of the best teams in the league on third down, and some of the plays he's making off-schedule are very special. I think they're very content and I'd like to think the Redskins are as well. Hopefully, it can make for a great rivalry that a lot of fans can get behind and get excited about, hopefully, for many years ahead."

Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

Redskins running back Chris Thompson doesn't want to bring his family to the Linc Monday night because he's afraid of what Eagles fans will do.

Doug Pederson hopes Thompson changes his mind.

"Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I've ever experienced," Thompson told ESPN radio's Washington affiliate, ESPN 980, on Wednesday, according to a story in the Washington Post.

"I heard that's the one stadium you keep your family from going to. My family will be (up from Florida) this week, and they were like, 'I want to come to the Philly game.' I said, 'Absolutely not, you're going to have to wait until Dallas comes around. … I was told that right away my rookie year: Keep your family away."

Pederson said he loves Eagles fans and the energy and passion they bring but also said he hopes Thompson or any opposing player feels comfortable bringing his family to the Linc.  

"I just know that playing at home is a great advantage for us," Pederson said before practice Thursday. "Our fans are great, they're energetic, I love playing at the Linc. 

"You know, I hope every family can watch their sons play. I think it's important that they're there and have a chance to watch their siblings play, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents.

"Right now in the league, every stadium is great for the home team and ours is no different. We're just excited now to finally be getting a stretch of games where we can play for the home fans."

Thompson, a fifth-year running back out of Florida State, has played at the Linc twice, in 2015 and 2016, both Redskins wins.

The Eagles, 5-1, host the 3-2 Redskins in a national TV game Monday night at the Linc. The Eagles are 8-2 at home under Pederson, including a 2-0 mark this year, although they're only 4-6 at home against the Redskins over the last 10 years.