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Eagles' Nate Sudfeld confident he'll be back sooner than later

Eagles' Nate Sudfeld confident he'll be back sooner than later

There was bad news. It was quickly overshadowed by good news.

Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld has a broken wrist and will be sidelined for a while.

But he knows it could have been a lot worse.

I’m really excited that it’s not a long-term injury,” Sudfeld said after practice Saturday. “Thank God it’s not my right (throwing) hand, because you never know what complications could come with using it and throwing every play. If I could pick an injury it would probably be my left wrist or something like that, so I’m very thankful and trying to see the silver lining.

Sudfeld broke his wrist during the Eagles’ preseason game against the Titans Thursday night, underwent surgery Friday morning and was already talking Saturday morning about getting back to work.

He said a plate and some screws were inserted into his wrist during the procedure Friday.

Sudfeld got hurt with 26 seconds left in the first half when he was hit late by Titans defensive tackle Isaiah Mack and instinctively stuck his hand out before he hit the ground to brace himself.

He knew immediately that there was something seriously wrong.

It felt a little weird,” he said. “My hand was a little numb. I was moving my fingers and the break was right under my wristband, so I stood there for a second and I was moving my fingers and I looked down and my wristband was kind of crooked and I was like, ergggghhhh, that’s probably not good, so I just ran off the field. I knew pretty quickly, but I was fortunate I was able to get surgery early the next morning and I feel good that it’s back in place and I’m on the road to recovery.

Sudfeld is expected to miss somewhere around six to eight weeks, so he should be back about a month into the regular season.

Of course, Sudfeld’s injury is especially significant because Carson Wentz has suffered season-ending injuries in each of the last two seasons.

If Wentz stays healthy, this injury will be quickly forgotten.

Sudfeld played well before he got hurt, going 10 for 18 for 177 yards and a 75-yard TD pass to Marken Michel.

It’s definitely disappointing because I felt like I was getting into a rhythm and I was doing a lot of things I wanted to do and I felt like as a team we were getting better and the offense, we were putting some plays together,” he said. “You play football to play in those games. You’re not doing it to practice all year, even though I do like that. So that is disappointing, but all things considered I’m really fortunate and blessed it was only a left wrist and surgery is done. I’m fixed but I’m not healed.

Sudfeld said he can’t do much of anything for a week to make sure the surgery wound heals.

But as soon as he gets the green light, he’ll start working out so he’s ready to go as soon as he’s cleared.

“I’m hoping really soon to be able to run and keep working on my legs and my right arm and hopefully throw here real soon,” he said. “I’m probably jumping the gun, but I just want to be back as quick as I can so trying to do everything I can do to be ready.”

Sudfeld said he slept only 10 minutes Thursday night and about three hours Friday night because he has to keep his left arm elevated while he’s in bed.

A lot of Eagles fans will be experiencing sleepless nights until he gets back.

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One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

It’s “easier than ever” to attend the Super Bowl, according to a Stub Hub press release.

It may also be easier than ever to go into debt doing it.

StubHub this week announced a program that allows fans to finance ticket purchases — including Super Bowl tickets — and pay for them over a period of 3, 6 or 12 months.

All at the bargain-basement price of up to 30 percent interest.

Stub Hub, in conjunction with financial firm Affirm, introduced a program this week that allows consumers to use Stub Hub to purchase tickets and during the check-out process elect to finance the purchase through Affirm. 

Although ticket buyers can use Affirm for most Stub Hub purchase, the company is rolling out this program as a way to encourage fans who can’t afford Super Bowl tickets to buy them at potentially exorbitant interest rates.

According to financial web site The Balance, the average credit card interest rate as of December was 21.26 percent.

“Just in time for the Super Bowl, consumers can purchase event tickets now and pay over time,” reads a joint press release from Affirm and Stub Hub. 

The StubHub-Affirm joint press release makes it sound like paying 30 percent interest is a financially sound idea: “With U.S. credit card debt at an all-time high and many consumers looking to kick off the new year with better financial habits, they’re demanding more transparent financial products that align with their interests.”

According to a CBS News story that examined the Stub Hub program, two lower-level end-zone tickets selling on Stub Hub for $15,760 on a 12-month, 30-percent loan would cost the buyer an additional $2,676 in interest.

The story also said that unlike credit cards, there’s no financial benefit for consumers to pay this sort of loan off early. 

Ted Rossman of creditcards.com appeared on CBS MoneyWatch and warned consumers against using this sort of financial plan to pay for tickets makes no financial sense.

"It is a huge risk to make any type of discretionary purchase with something that carries a rate of 10 percent to 30 percent,” Rossman said on the show, according to the CBS News story. "It's risky to buy it now and think you are going to pay it later."

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After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

Earlier this month, Jason Kelce called Brandon Brooks “the best offensive lineman in the NFL.” 

Turns out, ProFootballFocus agrees.

On Thursday, PFF named Brooks the winner of its annual Bruce Matthews Award, given to the best offensive lineman in the NFL. The Eagles were also named the best overall offensive line in the league. 

It’s an honor Brooks deserves after he was egregiously snubbed by voters for the Associated Press All-Pro team earlier this month. It was an absolute joke that Brooks wasn’t even named to the second team. No disrespect to Zack Martin or Marshal Yanda but Brooks was better than both of them this year. 

There’s no doubt that Brooks is the best right guard in the NFL. PFF thinks he’s the best overall OL in the league too. 

Here’s what they said about him:

“Brooks has been a perennially underrated player throughout his NFL career, whether it was playing in Houston or Philadelphia. Aside from a rookie season in which he played just 173 snaps, he has earned overall PFF grades of at least 74.0 every season since. Four of those six seasons before this one saw him top 80.0 overall, but this year he took his game to another level, earning an overall grade of 92.9. For years we have been making the case that he deserves Pro Bowl, and then All-Pro, recognition, and now he deserves to be acknowledged as the best offensive linemen in the game.”

While opinions are split on ProFootballFocus, their evaluations for offensive linemen are incredibly valuable. PFF has been able to give stats to a position that was previously stat-less. No, they don’t necessarily know assignments or the exact designs of plays, but they grade each and every play and that detailed analysis can take some of the human element out of giving these awards. 

When the All-Pro voters made their selections, they picked two guys at right guard in Martin and Yanda who have a longer history of playing at an elite level. PFF doesn’t care about that. They did their game-by-game, play-by-play evaluations and came to the conclusion that no other offensive lineman was better than Brooks this season. 

According to PFF, Brooks gave up just one sack and and 19 pressures on 647 pass snaps. That’s pretty impressive. But it’s even more impressive that Brooks was that dominant eight months after suffering a torn Achilles. 

For the start of next season, Brooks will be coming off a shoulder surgery, but there’s no doubt he should be able to return to his dominant form in 2020. 

The Eagles know what they have in Brooks. They signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a four-year extension during the season that made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL and will keep him in Philadelphia through 2024.

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