UPDATE: The Eagles officially announced that Cody Kessler is in the mandatory concussion protocol. Kessler must be cleared before being able to return to practice.
It took less than three minutes into the second preseason game of 2019 for the Eagles‘ second No. 2 quarterback to suffer an injury. Cody Kessler got the start for Philly on Thursday against Jacksonville, and finished the first drive with a run that ended with him being evaluated for a concussion.
Cody Kessler wants to see Clayton Thorson get some early snaps pic.twitter.com/lMgqjTXNh6— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH) August 15, 2019
After a short evaluation on the sideline, Kessler was seen heading into the locker room. (Not great.)
Cody Kessler going into the locker room. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 15, 2019
The team lost Nate Sudfeld to a broken wrist in the team’s first preseason game last week, and he underwent surgery the day after. Good news was that he isn’t expected to miss much time into the regular season, but with Kessler potentially down, the Eagles may now be forced to look at adding some depth to the roster — something they weren’t really rushing to do with Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson still behind Carson Wentz.
Thorson will inevitably get more reps while we wait to see what happens with Cody Kessler, but the rookie did not have a particularly impressive first outing against the Titans. The coaches and his teammates expected as much in his first taste of NFL action, but if Kessler ends up being sidelined for more than just this game, Thorson will need to get comfortable and fast.
[BLG Note: The Eagles could be looking at Greg Ward or Braxton Miller playing quarterback if Thorson gets hurt!]