Nick Foles misses practice again, says it's not a big deal

Nick Foles misses practice again, says it's not a big deal

Nick Foles wants you to relax. He’s fine. 

Foles has missed the past three training camp practices, including today, with what he called muscle spasms to his trap/neck area. 

“It’s not a big deal,” Foles said after Tuesday’s session. “Once again, we’re just being smart.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said the soreness Foles has been experiencing is completely unrelated to the elbow injury that forced him to miss extended time last training camp. 

Foles said he’s not completely sure how the injury happened, but mentioned that with quarterbacks, things sometimes get aggravated.  

It seems very unlikely the Eagles would force Foles into game action in a couple of days in the preseason opener, but Pederson and Foles didn’t rule it out. 

“We’re still talking about it. Day to day,” Foles said. “We’re worrying about the training room right now, we’re going through the rehab protocol. We’ll see. We never rule anything out. But at the end of the day, we’ll see what happens.”

While Foles hasn’t practiced at all the last three days, Carson Wentz has continued to participate in 7-on-7s, but not 11-on-11 drills. The team saw what they wanted from Wentz in full-team drills last week and doesn't want him to get inadvertently bumped. 

Although Pederson, for whatever reason, wouldn’t definitively say it, Wentz is not going to play on Thursday night. 

“He obviously hasn’t taken 11-on-11,” Pederson said. “We’re still monitoring his practice. If he’s not in practice ... you can figure it out.”

That probably applies to Foles, too. 

Anyway, Pederson and Wentz said they expect the plan for next week to be the same. That means another week where Wentz is a limited participant in practice, not doing full-team drills.  

And another week of Wentz being forced to watch another quarterback take his first-team reps. 

“It’s frustrating,” Wentz admitted today. “Obviously getting a chance to be out there and everything, I felt great. It was fun to be out there. Just trusting what the doctors are saying. Without a doubt, it’s tough to sit there and watch.”

With Wentz and likely Foles out for Thursday night’s game, Nate Sudeld should be the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Pederson said his starters who are healthy will play and at least get a little bit of work in. Pederson said he wants starters to get around 65-70 snaps in the preseason. 

Some good news on the injury front: Zach Ertz, Richard Rodgers and Markus Wheaton all returned to practice. Ertz had missed the previous three days.  

Nelson Agholor didn’t practice on Tuesday, but after practice said he’s fine. He just got a rest day. That’s wild to think about; just last year, he was fighting for his NFL life. 

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Eagles Injury Update: Nick Foles misses another practice

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Eagles Injury Update: Nick Foles misses another practice

Nick Foles missed practice for the second straight day and is dealing with “upper-body soreness,” according to the Eagles. 

The Super Bowl MVP had been taking most of the first-team reps because Carson Wentz is still recovering from his torn ACL. Foles has now watched the last two practices in a baseball cap. 

Nate Sudfeld has taken over running the first team during 11-on-11s. 

Expect to see a ton of Sudfeld and fourth-stringer Joe Callahan when the Eagles play their first preseason game on Thursday. Wentz definitely won’t play in that game and the Eagles won’t rush Foles if he’s still having soreness. 

Remember, last training camp, Foles dealt with an elbow injury that had plenty of fans concerned about his availability for the start of the season. But he returned to practice in late August and felt much better. 

Zach Ertz also missed practice today, the third straight day he’s missed. On Friday, Doug Pederson said Ertz was given a veteran day off, but that doesn’t seem like the case now. Ertz has been seen with a compression sleeve on his left leg. 

Mike Wallace, who got hurt during the open practice at the Linc, said he’s just dealing with some tendinitis and might be able to return tomorrow. He said he’s fine and didn’t seem worried about it. 

Tight end Richard Rodgers (shoulder) is still not practicing, but receiver Shelton Gibson (concussion) went through the protocol and returned today. 

The Eagles have one more practice on Tuesday, before an off day Wednesday and the first preseason game on Thursday night at the Linc. 

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Sidney Jones missing practice with lower-body soreness

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Sidney Jones missing practice with lower-body soreness

When the Eagles began their mandatory minicamp Tuesday, there was a notable absence. 

Well, not an absence, but Sidney Jones wasn’t participating. The Eagles’ second-year cornerback, who is facing high expectations, has been dealing with lower-body soreness, according to head coach Doug Pederson Wednesday. He missed the end of OTAs and is now missing minicamp time. 

The important part is that Pederson said this soreness is unrelated to Jones’ surgically-repaired Achilles tendon that dropped him out of the first round and into the Eagles’ lap at No. 43 in last year’s draft. 

“We’re taking precautions,” Pederson said. “Again, this is not the time we’re going to push anybody. Not going to put anybody out there that’s nicked up, banged up. Want to make sure everybody is ready to go for training camp.”

So what does this missed time mean for Jones? 

Well, it’s not good news. There are certainly high expectations for the very talented and young corner. Before this “soreness,” Jones was getting some reps as the team’s nickel corner. Plenty of other guys have worked with the first team there too, including De’Vante Bausby, Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby. It’s one of the position battles that’s going to be important to watch in the summer. That position wasn’t decided last year until the Birds traded for Darby and slid Patrick Robinson into the slot, where he thrived enough to get a contract in New Orleans. 

Jones, 22, would be an obvious choice to win that job this year. If nothing else, it would make sense for him to at least see the field in the nickel package in some capacity. If that is outside, it could mean sliding Mills inside on passing downs. 

Either way, Jones is supremely talented, a guy the Eagles originally targeted with their first-round pick a year ago. So it would be obvious that they’d want to get him on the field over a relatively unknown player like Bausby. But Bausby isn’t making this easy. 

Bausby, 25, was signed to the Eagles’ practice squad last September. At the time, the theory was that he was a spy. He had previously spent time with the Chiefs and the Eagles were about to play them. But it’s clear now that the Eagles actually like Bausby. This spring, Bausby has been great and is separating himself in the slot. 

Is that enough to eventually keep Jones off the field? Probably not. But it can’t help to have him on the sideline. 

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