Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will get treatment and be evaluated further Friday after suffering a strained right shoulder in Thursday’s preseason loss to the Patriots.
Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn beat Eagles lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai around Foles’ blind side in the second quarter and hit Foles as he was throwing. The ball was knocked loose and the Patriots’ Ja’Whaun Bentley scooped and scored while Foles immediately clutched his arm and winced in pain.
“I was getting ready to throw a deep ball and it got grabbed as I was following through,” Foles said afterward ( via Philly.com ). “Got a little strain. Was with the trainers. I’ll go in [Friday] and get treatment on it and sort of go from there. It feels all right, it feels pretty good. Hopefully, there’s no issues.”
Foles was escorted by the training staff to a medical tent on the sideline for examination and was diagnosed with the strained shoulder. He didn’t return to the game, finishing 3 for 9 for 44 yards, with three sacks and the fumble. More important, though, he was injured only three weeks before the start of the regular season.
“It wasn’t good enough; I have to be better,” Foles said. “At the same time, I know what it takes to keep moving forward.”
Foles got the start Thursday because No. 1 quarterback Carson Wentz continues to work up to full speed after last season’s torn ACL. Earlier this week, he said it would be “pushing it” to be ready for Week 1.
That leaves the Eagles with Foles, Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan on their QB depth chart.
“I’m going to do everything I can to get back on the field and hopefully practice the first day we get back practicing [Sunday],” Foles said ( via ESPN.com ), “and be ready to roll.”
The Eagles play at the Browns on Thursday in the crucial Week 3 of the preseason, when starters typically see their most playing time ahead of the opener.