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The Legend of Nick Foles adds another remarkable chapter

The Legend of Nick Foles adds another remarkable chapter

He looked dead.

“I thought they were going to bury him next to the statue outside,” Chris Long said. “They were going to have the statue and then like a little tomb for him.”

With 1:50 left in the game and the Eagles trailing the Texans and deep in their own territory, Nick Foles lay motionless in the north end zone of the Linc after getting cheap-shotted by Jadeveon Clowney while unloading a pass to Alshon Jeffery.

“It was a great hit,” Foles said. “He got a good one on me.”

Foles didn’t realize it at the time, but Jeffery had caught the pass for a 19-yard gain, and a personal foul on Clowney gave the Eagles 15 more yards.

All Foles knew was that he couldn’t breathe and it got really, really quiet at the Linc.

“Our trainers got out there and I was able to get my breath back,” Foles said. “I had no clue if Alshon had caught it or anything, so I was trying to figure out what the scenario was.”

The scenario was that nobody knew how bad Foles was hurt.

It was a scary moment.
 
“My fault, too,” Jason Kelce said. “It sucks. To see him lying there, it’s frustrating for me watching that and wondering if he’s going to get up or not.”

But this is Nick Foles we’re talking about, and it seems like every week the Legend of Nick just grows.

Foles finally got up and jogged off the field, and Nate Sudfeld — as required by NFL rules — came in and threw one pass.

“I could tell when he was on the ground he was wincing a little bit, but when he jogged off the field and was able to move his arm, I knew he was fine,” Jordan Matthews said. “That’s when I knew he wasn’t leaving this game.” 

After Sudfeld threw incomplete, Foles jogged back on the field to 70,000 people chanting his last name over and over and over.

Chills.

Seven plays later, Jake Elliott’s 35-yard field goal gave the Eagles a 32-30 win and added another incredible chapter to Foles’ remarkable career (see Roob's observations).

“The place went crazy when he jogged off the field,” Zach Ertz said. “Sat out a play and led us down the field like he seems to do. He played out of his mind.”

Foles set a franchise record with 471 yards and threw four touchdowns in his fourth start of the year and his second since Carson Wentz was sidelined with a back injury.

Who knows what will happen next. The Eagles finish the regular season Sunday in Washington and even with a win over the Redskins, they need help to make the playoffs (see story).

But one thing is certain.

Foles just keeps adding chapters to an already astounding biography.

“It was devastating watching him sitting there hurt,” Kelce said. “Incredible game by him, incredible moment to come back in and lead us to victory. I was stuck in a daze over there. I wanted to see if Nick was all right, but you don’t have time to do that.”

That fourth-quarter hit wasn’t the only big hit Foles took. He was facemasked to the turf by Clowney on a two-point conversion attempt in the second quarter that wasn’t called.

“That’s a tough dude, man,” Nelson Agholor said. “He gets hit like that and he gets back out there and he finished the game and made plays. Can’t say enough about Nick Foles and his toughness and his ability to be a gamer.”

X-rays on Foles’ ribs after the game came back negative, which was great news. And honestly a little surprising if you saw the hit.

Foles said he was a little sore after the game but said the injury didn’t bother him on the final drive.

“I felt really good,” he said. “Once I was able to move around a little bit I felt really good and I was excited to get back out there with the guys.”

We all know Foles has a knack for the spectacular. His 2013 season was historic, he tied an NFL record with seven TDs in a game, he’s a Super Bowl MVP, he’s got the highest passer rating in postseason history.

And now, we know he’s as tough as anybody.

If this was his last game in an Eagles uniform in front of the home crowd, it was a heck of a way to go out.

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Good injury news! Eagles to get Kamu Grugier-Hill back

Good injury news! Eagles to get Kamu Grugier-Hill back

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill has been cleared through concussion protocol and is expected to return to practice on Thursday and will be able to play against the Redskins Sunday.

The circumstances around Grugier-Hill’s injury are a little mysterious, since he played the entire Dolphins game and didn’t appear on the Eagles’ injury report Thursday, four days after the game.

The Eagles didn’t practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday after the Dolphins game because they had a long week leading up to the Monday Night Football game against the Giants this past Monday.

Grugier-Hill missed the Giants game, the fourth game he’s missed this year. He missed the first three games of the season with a knee injury that he suffered the first week of training camp. Thursday’s practice will be the Eagles’ first since the Giants game.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Grugier-Hill first reported concussion symptoms last Thursday morning when he reported to the Nova-Care Complex.

Grugier-Hill has averaged 33 snaps per game in the nine games he’s played, third-most among Eagles linebackers, behind Nigel Bradham (60) and Zach Brown (46), who’s no longer with the team.

The Eagles were required to issue an injury report on Wednesday even though they didn’t practice because of the Monday night game.

That report lists players’ status as projections based on whether they would have participated if the Eagles did have a practice Wednesday.

According to that report, Nelson Agholor (knee), Derek Barnett (ankle) and Lane Johnson (ankle) would have missed practice.

Alshon Jeffery (ankle) is also listed on the injury report as “did not practice” since he is technically still on the 53-man roster, although his season is over and he’s expected to be placed on Injured Reserve later this week.

Agholor said on Wednesday that his knee injury has been an issue much longer than he had let on.

The Eagles also listed Jalen Mills (elbow) and Jordan Howard as limited, which means they would have participated in parts of practice if there were one.

Howard has missed four games but has been listed as limited throughout his shoulder injury since he’s cleared for non-contact drills but not contact.

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Doug Pederson highlights 6 young players in postgame speech

Doug Pederson highlights 6 young players in postgame speech

The Eagles snapped their three-game losing streak on Monday night with a gutty 23-17 overtime win over the Giants. 

They were down 14 nothing and lost a few key players during the game, which was a big part of Doug Pederson’s postgame message. 

“I’ve been around a long time in this league as a player and a coach and I can’t tell you that I’ve seen a team hang together like we did all night long,” Pederson said in the video above. “The way you guys battled. Offensively through adversity. We lost a couple more guys tonight. Through adversity, you hang tough. Our young guys stepped up!”

Then Pederson mentioned six younger Eagles by name. Here they are in the order he said them:  

Greg Ward: A practice squad call-up earlier in the year, Ward caught four passes for 34 yards. 

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: The second-round pick caught two passes for 29 yards, including what might have been the best catch of the season. 

Josh Perkins: Playing tight end and receiver, lining up all over the field, Perkins caught five passes for 37 yards. 

Boston Scott: The 5-6 running back had 128 yards from scrimmage and was the star of the night. 

Sidney Jones: He played just one snap but he made it count on a crucial third-down PBU. 

Halapoulivaati Vaitai: After Lane Johnson went down, Big V stepped in at right tackle. 

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