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Why trading Nate Sudfeld to Colts after Andrew Luck’s retirement would make sense

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Why trading Nate Sudfeld to Colts after Andrew Luck’s retirement would make sense

We were all enjoying our Saturday evenings when ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped a bomb on us. The kind that made us furiously check to make sure it wasn’t a fake Twitter account. 

And with that news, the next thought from an Eagles perspective is this: 

Would it make sense to trade Nate Sudfeld to Indy? 

The short answer: Absolutely. 

With Andrew Luck’s retirement, Jacoby Brissett will take over as the Colts’ starting quarterback. Lucky for them, they had the best backup quarterback in the league as their 29-year-old franchise quarterback decided to walk away. In 2017, Brissett started 15 games for the Colts and had a pretty good season. 

But now this means former Broncos’ seventh-round pick Chad Kelly is the Colts’ backup quarterback. If they’re not content with that (and they probably shouldn’t be), Sudfeld would make a ton of sense for both sides. 

There are plenty of reasons: 

• Sure, Sudfeld is injured right now, but he’s been healing from that broken left wrist and is already out of the hard cast. He could return by as early as late September, although October is likely be more realistic. So if the Colts can hang tight until then with Kelly as their backup, Sudfeld could still be the No. 2 in Indy for most of the season. Sudfeld’s injury isn’t the type that will linger. It’s not like this is a soft-tissue injury; once he’s cleared, he’ll be good to go. 

And the Colts have a good enough roster that they should still be in win-now mode even after Luck’s retirement. 

• Sudfeld has plenty of familiarity with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was previously the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. Sudfeld and Reich were together during the Super Bowl season in 2017, when the Eagles stuck with Sudfeld as their backup into the playoffs after Carson Wentz’s injury despite Sudfeld’s lack of experience. Reich and Sudfeld have a very good relationship. 

• Even before Reich became the head coach in Indy, the Colts were interested in Sudfeld. Remember, they were the team that tried to sign him off the Eagles’ practice squad during the 2017 season. The Eagles reacted and added Sudfeld to their 53-man roster to avoid losing him. 

• After bringing Josh McCown out of retirement, the Eagles are pretty set at their backup quarterback spot. Moving Sudfeld would even eliminate the eventual decision of what to do with that spot when he’s healthy. 

• The Eagles just drafted Clayton Thorson in the fifth round out of Northwestern. Thorson has looked good at times this preseason and could possibly take over for McCown as the Eagles’ backup QB in 2020. 

• Sudfeld is 25 and is getting paid just over $3 million this season after the Eagles used a second-round RFA tender on him this offseason. There’s a good chance Sudfeld gets a contract elsewhere after this season and would be gone anyway. This would give Howie Roseman a chance to recoup something for him before he leaves. 

• This isn’t the best reason to pull off a trade, but Sudfeld probably has plenty of fans in Indiana. He played his college ball for the Hoosiers about an hour drive away from Indianapolis. 

Ever since the Eagles signed Sudfeld to their practice squad in 2017, they’ve really liked him. At every turn, they’ve shown confidence in him. So maybe it would be tough to trade him away. But this type of deal would make sense for both sides if they could agree on the right price. 

Roseman should be on the phone before the shock wears off in Indy. 

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Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

The Eagles on Wednesday evening signed cornerback Craig James to their practice squad. 

This was the second roster move in what might end up being a busy week for the battered Eagles, who listed 13 players on their first injury report of Week 3. 

James, 23, was just waived by the Eagles on Tuesday to create a roster spot for tight end Alex Ellis in the wake of Dallas Goedert’s injury. James cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad. 

The Eagles initially signed James to their practice squad on Sept. 2, but called him up on Sept. 11. James was active for Week 2 against the Falcons, playing one snap on defense and 11 on special teams. 

But with the injuries, keeping James on the roster was a luxury the Eagles couldn’t afford. With just three healthy receivers, the Eagles will likely need to make at least one more roster move before Sunday’s game against the Lions. 

After adding James, the practice squad is full again at 10 players and the roster is full at 53. 



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Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

His right arm already out of the sling, Corey Clement moved his arms up and down and waved to a few news cameras gathered around his locker to show off his range of motion. 

The Eagles’ running back on Wednesday afternoon was breathing a sigh of relief. 

The shoulder injury Clement suffered on the opening kickoff in the second half Sunday is not serious and he says he’s day-to-day. The sling he wore for two days was just a precautionary measure from the Eagles’ trainers. 

I’m out of the sling already,” Clement said, “so I’m really trying to keep calm, realizing that it’s still early in the season. … I know I’ll be back out there soon.

Clement is among a group of Eagles — Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert included — who were listed as day-to-day by head coach Doug Pederson earlier on Wednesday, even though none of them practiced. 

Wednesday’s injury report was an estimation because they held a walkthrough: 

Did not practice: Clement (shoulder), Goedert (calf), Jackson (abdomen), Jeffery (calf), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back) 

Limited: Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Johnathan Cyprien (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf), Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)

Full: Nate Sudfeld (wrist)

On the play where Clement was hurt, on the opening kickoff in the second half on Sunday night, he actually fumbled away the football. It was a bad time for a fumble because Atlanta took over and quickly scored a touchdown to go up 17-6.

“I was surprised the damn ball came out,” Clement said. “I was like, ‘how the Hell does that happen?’ And then I didn’t pay attention to how close I was to the ground, so that shook me up a bit.”  

When Clement first hit the ground, he was worried because he landed on his right shoulder, the same one where he tore his labrum back in 2011 at Glassboro High School. 

This injury, he said, isn’t serious at all. 

“I don’t even know what it is,” Clement said, before waving to the cameras. “I got full motion, I’m fine. I’ll be back out there soon, no worries.”

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