UPDATE: During his post-game press conference, Doug Pederson said x-rays confirmed that Nate Sudfeld has a broken wrist. The Eagles’ backup quarterback will have surgery on Friday morning. Pederson didn’t offer an exact timetable on Sudfeld’s potential return but he did say the injury will not end Sudfeld’s 2019 season. Pederson also said that the Eagles plan stick with their three healthy quarterbacks for now: Carson Wentz, Cody Kessler, and Clayton Thorson. We’ll see if that changes.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
The Eagles couldn’t make it an entire half of a preseason game without an injury. Backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld was shaken up after taking a late hit, and after a short stint in the sideline medical tent, was carted off the field with an air cast on his left (non-throwing) arm.
Nate Sudfeld exiting with an aircast pic.twitter.com/8sea5CIokd— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH) August 9, 2019
Sudfeld ended his first preseason game going 10-of-18 for 177 yards and one touchdown — a 75-yard deep pass to Marken Michel.
Injuries like this are exactly why Doug Pederson and the Eagles decided to sit most of their starters (such as Carson Wentz), especially with the long list of players they have returning from injuries last season.
Sudfeld was the assumed No. 2 heading into the regular season, and now it looks like Cody Kessler may end up taking the backup role, with rookie Clayton Thorson having to serve as the No. 3. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past two years, Kessler and Thorson will both need to be ready at a moments notice once the regular season gets underway.
It’s also possible the Eagles could look to sign a free agent quarterback. Sam Bradford is still out there ...
MORE — Former NFL doctor David J. Chao weighs in: