Eagles Injury Update: Doug Pederson still not concerned with Nick Foles' elbow injury

Eagles Injury Update: Doug Pederson still not concerned with Nick Foles' elbow injury

Nick Foles, who is still dealing with lingering elbow soreness, is among 11 Eagles who won't practice Sunday.

Foles has practiced minimally throughout the summer and still hasn't played in a preseason game, but head coach Doug Pederson on Sunday again claimed he isn't worried about his backup quarterback.

Is Pederson able to trust Foles for the season?

"I am," he said. "These are obviously sensitive elbow issues, being on a throwing arm. Just want to make sure he's getting the proper amount of throws. That's why we're just going to ease him back in this week and get him ready for the regular season."

Foles actually returned for two practices, including one against the Dolphins, after missing most of the summer. He looked pretty good but was then held out of the second practice against Miami for "precautionary" reasons and didn't play in the game against the Dolphins.

Pederson said he hasn't yet decided if Foles will play Thursday on the road against the Jets.

"It's getting better, obviously," Pederson said of Foles' elbow. "He'll begin throwing again this week. Again, don't want to rush him back."

The decision to keep two or three quarterbacks on the roster won't be influenced by Foles' injury, Pederson said.

It addition to Foles, Ron Brooks, Brent Celek, Nate Gerry, Najee Goode, Brandon Graham, Jordan Hicks, Jalen Mills, Paul Turner, Destiny Vaeao and Sidney Jones will also miss Sunday's practice.

Pederson said all of 11 players sitting Sunday will be ready for Week 1 except Jones, who is recovering from his Achilles tear.

The Eagles will get Beau Allen back at practice Sunday. The veteran DT has been removed from the non-football injury list after tearing his pec in the spring. Pederson would like to get him into the game Thursday.

There's also a chance new cornerback Dexter McDougle could play against the Jets. McDougle was acquired in a trade for Terrence Brooks on Sunday morning, but won't be at practice later in the day.

"It's still to be determined if he'll play Thursday," Pederson said. "But if he's ready to go, wouldn't mind letting him take a few snaps."

Eagles catch break with Jameis Winston's reported suspension

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Eagles catch break with Jameis Winston's reported suspension

This is bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but good news for the Eagles. 

The NFL is planning on suspending Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, according to a report Thursday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

That means the Eagles’ Week 2 game in Tampa Bay might be a whole lot easier. After opening the season at home against the Falcons, the Eagles play their first road contest of the year against the Bucs.

Winston has played the Eagles just once in his career and was great. He led the Bucs to a 45-17 win over the Eagles at the Linc during his rookie season in 2015. In that game, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 246 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes with zero interceptions.

Winston is one of just seven quarterbacks to ever throw five touchdown passes against the Eagles in a single game; no one has ever thrown more against them in a game. The others are Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Joe Montana, Craig Morton, Don Meredith (twice) and Sonny Jergensen.

Winston, 24, has thrown for at least 3,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2015. To put his early success into perspective, Winston has two 4,000-yard seasons in his first three seasons, the Eagles’ franchise has never had one. 

The Bucs’ backup quarterback is veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, who actually went 2-1 in his three starts in place of Winston last season. 

But don’t let those three games fool you, the Bucs are obviously much better with Winston behind center than Fitzpatrick, who has played for five different teams over the past six years. 

According to NFL Research, the Bucs’ first three games of this season are the toughest first three games for any team in the Super  Bowl era based on last year’s records. 

Winston’s suspension stems from an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016. 

Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart-topper and a huge Eagles fan

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Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart-topper and a huge Eagles fan

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses Carson Wentz's character through his injury rehab. He takes a look at the Eagles' running back depth. Also, Roob chats with Mondo Cozmo's lead man Josh Ostrander. His single "Shine" hit number one on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart in January 2017. Ostrander, a Philly native and big Eagles fan, shares his journey and experiencing an Eagles Super Bowl championship.

"He's going to play opening day. I'll go as far as saying I'll be surprised right now if Carson Wentz is not the Eagles starting quarterback on opening day."

1:00 - Carson Wentz's character is unique.
5:00 - Doug Pederson has handled this offseason perfectly.
10:00 - Eagles' running back situation
15:00 - Roob Knows unbelievable stats.
17:00 - Roob's interview with Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo.
19:00 - Josh's memories of the Super Bowl run.
22:00 - Josh's crazy path in music.
31:00 - Josh's Philly roots are still important to him.

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