Nick Foles has rough preseason debut for Philadelphia Eagles, leaves game with injury


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s a good thing this game didn’t count the way the Super Bowl did.

But in the pseudo-Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots, the shoulder strain suffered by quarterback Nick Foles early in the second quarter does count, and that could be especially troubling for the Eagles, who are trying to get Carson Wentz ready for Week 1.

Foles said after the Eagles’ 37-20 loss to the Patriots on Thursday that he’s “optimistic” that it’s not a serious injury. He said he will get more tests Friday. Foles was taken into the medical tent upon getting sacked, then fumbling. Foles emerged after several minutes, and spent the rest of the game standing on the sideline.

Foles’ arm wasn’t wrapped and it wasn’t in a sling, a promising sign. If Wentz isn’t ready for Week 1, Foles would be the starter.

“I was getting ready to throw a deep ball, and I got grabbed as I was following through,” Foles said. “It felt a little strange, so I was with the trainers … It feels alright. It feels pretty good. Hopefully there are no issues.

“It sort of got jarred in a funny way as I was following through.”

Still, Foles’ preseason debut couldn’t have gone much worse for him or the Eagles. He completed just 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards, and was sacked three times in just over one quarter’s worth of action.