It’s good news and bad news for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. First, the good: Foles reportedly won’t need surgery to repair the cracked collar bone he suffered while playing against the Houston Texans on Sunday, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This doesn’t mean the Eagles’ starter won’t miss a good grip of games this season, but it could mean he’d be ready to play again if Philadelphia made the playoffs.
But now for the bad news: It might not matter. Local reports say Foles’s future with the team was in jeopardy even before the injury. Per NJ Advance Media:
Foles’ play during the first half of this 2014 season in stark contrast to his Pro Bowl season of 2013 has “soured” some in the organization, including general manager Howie Roseman, according to sources.
In 10 starts in 2013 Foles threw 27 touchdown passes to just two interceptions, completed 64 percent of his passes and had a league-high quarterback rating of 119.2. This season, in eight starts Foles has thrown 13 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 81.9.
“I think Howie is looking at quarterbacks,” a league source told NJ.com. “He’s kind of soured on Foles, and I don’t think he’s alone. The organization isn’t sold that he’s the guy going forward.”
Foles was picked up in the 2012 draft when then-Coach Andy Reid, now of the Kansas City Chiefs, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, now of the New York Jets, were in charge. NJ Advance Media says, while Kelly has never said anything negative about Foles, his actions indicate that his belief in the 2012 pick has wavered. NJ Advance Media writes:
One of the first moves Kelly did upon being hired as the Eagles coach in 2013 was to re-sign quarterback Mike Vick to a new deal. He then traded up in the fourth round of the ’13 draft to select quarterback Matt Barkley, of USC.
The quarterback who will be replacing Foles — at least in the short-term — is Mark Sanchez, formerly of the New York Jets. Despite his well documented “butt fumble” and the downward spiral that led the Jets to drop him, Kelly has indicated he has full confidence in the former starter.
“I feel great about Mark,” Kelly said (via ESPN). “He was ready to go… He’s always ready, and always focused.”
The Eagles, minus Foles, are set to meet the Carolina Panthers next on Nov. 10.