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Report: Nate Sudfeld expected to return in six weeks

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Relatively good news on the Eagles’ backup quarterback.

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Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld is expected to return to the field in six weeks after having surgery on his broken non-throwing wrist on Friday morning, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Assuming this timeline holds true, this is relatively good news for the Eagles. Sudfeld might be able to suit up at some point before the first month of the season is over.

Six weeks from today is September 20, which is only a couple days before the Eagles’ Week 3 home game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 22. If Sudfeld’s not ready by then, maybe he’d be ready by the Week 4 Packers road game on Thursday, September 26? The concern is that’s a short week ... plus travel. So, maybe Week 5 at home against the Jets on Sunday, October 6 at the very latest.

If Sudfeld truly isn’t going to miss much time, the Eagles could truly be planning to stick with Cody Kessler as Carson Wentz’s primary backup until Sudfeld is healthy again. Clayton Thorson can be stashed on the practice squad for additional “depth,” though the rookie looks very unfit to play in 2019.

The Eagles will hope Sudfeld will be ready sooner than later. They’ll also hope he won’t have to play at all this year since they really need Wentz to stay healthy in order to truly contend for another Super Bowl title.