The Philadelphia Eagles and their fans collectively held their breath on Thursday night when Nick Foles suffered a shoulder injury, but thankfully it’s not anything to be concerned about long term.
On Friday afternoon, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that tests revealed Foles’ injury was indeed minor, and that he won’t need prolonged recovery time.
#Eagles QB Nick Foles was optimistic and confident that his shoulder injury last night was a minor one… and it is. Source said after tests that’s he’s ok. Don’t expect any prolonged recovery.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2018
With starter Carson Wentz still being brought back slowly from the knee injury that knocked him out of last season, Foles is the team’s ace in the hole. He is one of the best backups in the league and obviously was good enough to lead the team to a Super Bowl, and win MVP this past February.
If for some reason Foles’ injury does turn out to be a bit more significant than the team expects, then former sixth-round pick Nate Sudfeld would be the next man up.
Of course, there’s always the chance that Wentz could make a return in time for Week 1. He’s been targeting that date since before the start of camp, and continues to remain optimistic about being ready.