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Sidney Jones 'good' after injury scare in preseason game

Sidney Jones 'good' after injury scare in preseason game

It was as silent as Lincoln Financial Field got all night. 

Well, aside from the deep collective inhale from nearly 70,000 fans who couldn’t help but hold their breath. With just under seven minutes to go in the second quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game, Sidney Jones tried to pop up to his feet after taking on some friendly fire, stood for a moment, and then took a knee.

Uh oh. 

“I’m good. I knew I was good,” Jones said by his locker after the game. “I know I scared everybody. A teammate rolled up on me, but I knew I was fine.” 

Phew. 

Jones said he just suffered a lower left ankle sprain when Nate Gerry collided with him. But that’s the same leg that has Jones' surgically repaired Achilles tendon, so it was natural for everyone to gasp at the sign of him grabbing that area.

Jones, 22, was eventually able to walk to the sideline on his own power before getting checked out on the trainer’s table. He got his ankle re-taped and tested it out by jogging on the sideline. He didn’t get back in the game, but Jones said that was simply the plan. 

As he has been at training camp all summer, Jones was the Eagles’ first-string nickel cornerback for the preseason opener, but that’s the position he then played with the second team too. Way back in the spring, the Eagles began playing Jones at the NCB, so he’s had a while to become familiar with it. But he admitted from the beginning of training camp to now, there’s “a pretty big difference.” 

If nothing else, all this time playing inside can only make him a more well-rounded and more versatile player. 

Jones, the 43rd overall pick last year, would have been a first-rounder had it not been for that Achilles tear at his pro day. So now that he’s completely healed, there are understandably high expectations for Jones in Year 2. 

He didn’t get tested much against the Steelers. But he did make a special teams tackle to start the game on the opening kickoff and he had three combined tackles on defense. He didn’t have to make any plays in the air, but he looked willing to help on the ground. 

“I thought while he was in there, he made some plays,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “He was doing a really nice job.”

Jones did draw a penalty thanks to the new helmet-tackling rule in the second quarter shortly before his injury (see breakdown). Rasul Douglas was holding up Damoun Patterson, when Jones came through with a lowered helmet that drew a flag. 

Instead of a fourth down, the Steelers took a 15-yard penalty and went on to score a touchdown on the drive. 

Jones said there wasn’t much clarity for him on the rule, but he isn’t worried about it. He’s going to keep playing football the way he has his whole career. 

“My head is connected to my shoulders, so it’s hard,” Jones said.  

Oh, like the song. 

“Yeah,” Jones said with a smirk. “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.” 

Knees and toes.

And an ankle sprain. That doesn’t seem all that serious. Exhale. 

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Nick Foles vs. Tom Brady matchup headlines Eagles' 2nd preseason game

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Will it actually finally happen? Will Tom Brady actually shake Nick Foles’ hand?

That might be the biggest drama going into the Eagles’ second preseason game, Thursday night against the Patriots at Gilette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Brady famously blew off Foles after the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII Feb. 6 in Minneapolis.

Instead of meeting his counterpart at midfield for the customary postgame handshake, Brady slunk back to the Patriots’ locker room, never to be seen again.

Foles has downplayed the lack of a postgame handshake, but it was definitely perceived by many as a lack of class by the four-time Super Bowl MVP toward the 2017 Super Bowl MVP.

“It’ll happen when it happens,” Foles said after practice Tuesday. “We practiced with the Patriots (in 2014) and I got to stand there and talk to Tom quite a bit he’s a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him.

“I think everyone’s making a big deal about this and it’s not a big deal at all. I’ve already talked to him before, he’s a guy I’ve always looked up to. You’ve got to admire someone who’s probably the greatest ever and still going strong at even at his age.

“He seems to get better and better. I already had a conversation with him before when we practiced. If we have one in the future, we have one and it’ll be cool.”

Foles didn’t play in the preseason opener against the Steelers because of neck spasms, but he’s practiced this week and will start Thursday night in Foxboro.

Head coach Doug Pederson wouldn’t say how long Foles will play or which of the other quarterbacks would play.

“I do expect him to get in the game,” Pederson said. “For how long I don't know, but I do expect him to get a few plays in this game.”

Obviously, Carson Wentz won’t play and presumably Christian Hackenberg isn’t ready, so Pederson will have Foles, Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan available.

And even though Foles won’t say it, there is a certain irony that he’s making his 2018 debut against the team he beat six months ago in one of the most exciting and dramatic Super Bowls in history.

“Pretty familiar with the opponent,” Foles deadpanned.

But as far as seeing deep meaning in a Super Bowl rematch? Foles isn’t having any of it.

“We’re in training camp right now, we’re grinding through it, we’re growing as a team, we have new players, guys rotating in and out, so you stay pretty busy throughout the day.

“Now that we’re getting closer to gametime, we’ll be honing in on who they are and what they do, what coverages they like, what they like to do on defense, but not any reminiscing.

“This is a new season, new people, new players. Obviously we wear the same logos as last year but we both have a new identity. This is the time of year we grow together as a team and that’s really all I’m focusing on.”

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