It looks like Nick Foles won't play vs. Jets, will miss entire preseason

It looks like Nick Foles won't play vs. Jets, will miss entire preseason

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Get ready for more Matt McGloin tonight. 

Backup quarterback Nick Foles worked out with a large group of starting and veteran Eagles around 4:30 p.m., two and a half hours before kickoff Thursday, indicating he won't play against the Jets. 

Foles will go through this preseason without playing a snap thanks to a sore elbow that has bothered him dating back to last season with the Chiefs. Foles returned to practice on Monday, but was held out Tuesday with an illness. 

McGloin will likely start the game and undrafted rookie Dane Evans will take over from there. 

Here's the long list of players in that workout group with Foles (who won't play tonight): Fletcher Cox, Brandon Brooks, Ronald Darby, Brent Celek, Malcolm Jenkins, Vinny Curry, Wendell Smallwood, Zach Ertz, Carson Wentz, Chris Long, Mychal Kendricks, Derek Barnett, Trey Burton, Patrick Robinson, Tim Jernigan, Rodney McLeod, Darren Sproles, Jason Kelce, LeGarrette Blount, Isaac Seumalo, Stefen Wisniewski, Nelson Agholor, Alshon Jeffery, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Nigel Bradham, Jason Peters, Lane Johnson. 

Brandon Graham (elbow) and Jordan Hicks (groin) weren't on the field, but they're not going to play either. 

While all those guys won't play, veteran defensive tackle Beau Allen wasn't a part of the group and was wearing game pants pregame, a good sign he'll get at least a few snaps against the Jets. Allen just returned from the non-football injury list earlier this week. 

New corner Dexter McDougle will also probably get a few snaps after joining the team on Sunday. 

Here are 10 players to watch in tonight's game (see story)

Eagles' rookie schools veteran in intense practice

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Eagles' rookie schools veteran in intense practice

Rasul Douglas made a huge play during the special teams portion of Wednesday's practice. Going 1-on-1 against veteran special teamer Najee Goode, the Eagles' rookie plowed through him and sent Goode to the turf inside the practice bubble. 

Goode bounced up and locked down the next rep, but for a few seconds, there was pure exuberance on the practice field. A bunch of Douglas' teammates ran toward him and celebrated, while coaches gave him kudos. 

A couple hours later, Douglas didn't even remember it. 

"What play?" the rookie asked. 

After making sure he was serious, out came an iPhone to show Douglas this video: 

"Oh, I don't even remember that," he said. 

While Douglas might have been locked in and focused enough to forget about the most exciting play during the open portion of Wednesday's practice, it was the kind of play that got the whole team going. 

Without remembering the specific instance, Douglas rightly guessed that it was his defensive back teammates, who ran over to congratulate him and celebrate. 

"We get so happy when one of us makes a play because we work hard and we know our goals in our room," Douglas said. "And we know our energy transforms and just passes along to other people. You can get somebody energized and they get somebody else energized." 

Head coach Doug Pederson elected to have his team in pads Wednesday in an effort to keep the team's intensity and physicality high as the team gets ready for the NFC Championship Game. 

That play helped. 

"I think Coach Pederson talks about it all the time; match his intensity," linebacker Nate Gerry said. "So when you see something like that, I guess that's matching the intensity. It just kind of sets the tone for practice."

During the Eagles' first-round bye, the team's players council went to Pederson and asked for an extra day in pads. Pederson planned on one leading into the divisional round game against the Falcons, but his veteran leaders didn't want to go an extra week without that intensity, so the Eagles strapped on their pads. 

They did it again last week and they did it again Wednesday. 

All season the Eagles have believed they're going to play the way they practice, so it shouldn't be much of a shocker. Pederson and the Eagles — despite all the hoopla around the championship — tried to treat Wednesday like any other Wednesday. In part, that meant getting the pads on and going through a tough practice. 

"We ain't going to play on Sunday without pads, so you just have keep in tune with what you do," Douglas said. "I think pads are good." 

Zach Ertz makes largest jump in NFL jersey sales

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Zach Ertz makes largest jump in NFL jersey sales

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has moved into the top 10 in NFL jersey sales this week, according to national sales figures from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

This week’s Dick’s Jersey Report shows Ertz making the biggest jump in the top 10, moving up 22 spots from No. 29 last week to No. 7 this week.

“There must have been a lot of women’s soccer fans buying jerseys this week,” Ertz said jokingly, referring to his wife Julie, a member of the U.S. Olympic soccer team.

Could be. It’s not like Ertz had a huge game Saturday. He caught three passes for 32 yards in the Eagles’ 15-10 win over the Falcons in the conference semifinal playoff round at the Linc. But he did make his first Pro Bowl this year and finished the season with 74 catches for 824 yards and eight touchdowns.

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who caught the miracle last-second pass from Case Keenum to send the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia on Sunday, also made a huge jump, moving from No. 23 to No. 4.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz remains in the No. 2 position in jersey sales, despite not playing since he tore his ACL Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. Only Tom Brady’s jersey sold better over the past week.

The rest of the top 10 is Rob Gronkowski third, Antonio Brown fifth, Leonard Fournette sixth, T.J. Watt eighth, Julio Jones ninth and Le’Veon Bell 10th.

Wentz remains the top-selling jersey this year, according to Dick’s after finishing last year at No. 3. Tom Brady, the top-selling jersey last year, is No. 2, followed by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Gronkowski.

There are no Eagles other than Wentz and Ertz in the top 50.