Nick Foles missed practice for the second straight day and is dealing with “upper body soreness,” according to the Eagles. Nick Foles, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, has been sidelined the last two practices with what the team is labeling upper-body soreness. Neither coach Doug Pederson nor Foles addressed the injury. The Eagles’ final full practice before the preseason opener is on Tuesday.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo added that the soreness is not a recurrence of the elbow issue that bugged Foles last season, nor is it considered anything serious at this point, per sources informed of the QB's condition.
On this Sunday night, at least, Wentz would be the one participating, not Foles. The University of Arizona product was the only one of the Eagles' four quarterbacks without his helmet and didn't participate in pre-practice warm-ups with the rest of the team.
It's possible that it's only a planned rest day for Foles -- the Eagles let tight end Zach Ertz miss practice on Friday for the same reason. If it's for health-related reasons, that was unclear as of the start of practice on Sunday, though Foles got a heavy workload throughout the first eight days of training camp.
With Carson Wentz progressing toward a Week 1 return, Foles reworked his contract in Philadelphia this offseason to provide insurance in case of a setback to Wentz.
The Eagles are likely taking a cautious approach with their insurance policy, not needing to push Foles early in the preseason. As the veteran showed with his play down the stretch during the Super Bowl run, Foles doesn't need much prep in Doug Pederson's offense if he's needed to open the season under center.
With Wentz likely to sit out most, if not all, of the preseason, if Foles is held out of Thursday's home preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, third-stringer Nate Sudfeld would get the bulk of the signal-caller reps. The Eagles also have quarterback Joe Callahan on the training camp roster.