Eagles Injury Update: Nick Foles misses practice with illness Tuesday

Eagles Injury Update: Nick Foles misses practice with illness Tuesday

Updated: 1:34 p.m.

A day after he finally returned to practice, Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles was not in attendance at the start of the Eagles' indoor practice on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. But it wasn't what you think.  

Doug Pederson said he excused Foles because of illness; he said Foles' elbow is fine. 

Foles has missed most of this summer with an elbow injury that dates back to his 2016 season in Kansas City. Foles hasn't played in any of the first three preseason games and it's unclear if he'll play in Thursday's preseason finale.

Earlier this week, Pederson said he's confident Foles will be ready for Week 1 against Washington on Sept. 10. 

And on Monday, Frank Reich said Foles will be ready even if he doesn't play this preseason. 

“The good thing in Nick’s situation is you certainly want to play every play you can," Reich said, "but he’s proven so much in his career, he’s been a winner at this level, proven that he can win big games, do what it takes to win big games. So we’re confident."

Foles hasn't spoken to reporters since he returned for a practice session on Aug. 15, saying he felt "really good." He hasn't practiced much since then. 

Foles participated in the first day of training camp, missed two weeks, returned briefly, missed more time, returned Monday and is now out again. The Eagles have continued to say it's all been precautionary, but there might be cause for concern. 

While Foles was missing in action as Tuesday's practice began, Ron Brooks and Jordan Hicks (groin) both returned to practice after missing two days. Chris Long returned after missing Monday's session. 

Brandon Graham (elbow), Destiny Vaeao (calf), Nate Gerry and Najee Goode were still not practicing. Goode had a brace on his hand. 

In the very brief time reporters were allowed to watch Tuesday's practice, long snapper Rick Lovato spent his time snapping the ball to Donnie Jones. This was Lovato's first practice after the team traded Jon Dorenbos on Monday night. 

Eagles' Super Bowl odds changed by free agency

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Eagles' Super Bowl odds changed by free agency

The Eagles pulled off trades and signed a few free agents after the new league year began on March 14 ... and it's shortened their Super Bowl odds. 

The Eagles' odds to win Super Bowl LIII improved from 9/1 to 17/2 between Feb. 5 and March 22, according to Bovada. Despite beating them in Super Bowl LII less than two months ago, the Eagles still trail the Patriots, who stood pat at 5/1. 

Here's the full top 10: 

1. Patriots: 5/1
2. Eagles: 17/2
3. Vikings: 9/1
4. Steelers: 12/1
5. Packers: 14/1
5. Rams: 14/1
7. Saints: 18/1
8. Falcons: 20/1
9. Texans: 22/1
9. Jaguars: 22/1
9. Raiders: 22/1

As for the rest of the teams in the NFC East, the next closest to the Eagles are the Cowboys, but their inactivity this offseason gave them longer odds, going from 18/1 to 28/1. The Giants' odds stayed at 50/1, while the Redskins' odds went from 50/1 to 66/1. 

And here's a fun prop bet: The over/under for Michael Bennett sacks in 2018 is set at 8. Last season, he had 8½ with the Seahawks. Now, he's playing on a dynamic defensive line but also figures to play less because of the Eagles' rotation.

Chris Long hints at decision on whether to return to Eagles

Chris Long hints at decision on whether to return to Eagles

It seems like Chris Long is going to be back with the Eagles in 2018 — at least he’s leaning that way. 

The Eagles gave Long a significant raise for next season, increasing his base salary from $1 million non-guaranteed to $2½ million guaranteed, but Long was still reportedly thinking about walking away (see story)

After all, money probably isn’t going to be the only deciding factor for a guy who gave all of his salary away last season. 

But after less than a day of speculation, Long’s Waterboys charity had an event in St. Louis on Wednesday night and the veteran defensive end was asked about his future in the NFL. 

“For me, at my age, every year is important to make a decision and to take self-inventory,” Long said. “Is your body there, is your mind in it, do you have the passion? Because it takes a lot. For me, every year I’m one year at a time from here on out. For however long I play. Philly’s been awesome, like I said. They kind of adopted me like family, so that definitely factors into everything. The chance to repeat. 

“I’m still supposedly mulling it over, but I’m leaning on going back and playing. So yeah. I mean, I hadn’t even answered any questions about that, but there you go.”

Here’s the video, clipped by Bleeding Green Nation, to hear Long say it for himself: 

Long will turn 33 on March 28 and clearly has plenty going on outside of football, so it wouldn’t be shocking if the former first-round pick decided to walk away. But if he did, the Eagles would clearly miss him. 

During the 2017 season, Long picked up five sacks in a limited role and helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII, a year after helping the Patriots win Super Bowl LI. If Long does indeed return to the Eagles this season, he has a chance to make it three in a row.