Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles won’t need surgery to repair a broken collarbone he suffered in the Eagles’ 31-21 win over the Texans Sunday.
Foles left the game late in the first quarter with what was believed to be a shoulder injury. He suffered the injury on a sack by Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus sacked Foles twice over the course of three plays, the second being the one that knocked Foles out of the game.
Foles underwent an MRI Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said Foles has a “crack” in his left collarbone. Fortunately for the Eagles, Foles’ injury will not require surgery.
Under Foles’ leadership the Eagles had gone a 6-2, a great record by any measure. The third-year QB had been playing inconsistently this season, throwing 10 interceptions and fumbling four times (losing three), but he seemed to be cementing his long-term starting QB position in Philly.
Long-lost QB Mark Sanchez, who hadn’t played in a game since December 30, 2012, stepped-in for Foles and guided the Eagles to a victory. Although he had some errant passes, Sanchez’s first pass was a bomb downfield that found its mark to receiver Josh Huff. He finished the game with 15 of 22 passes complete for 202 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Though the Nick Foles collarbone injury won’t require surgery, the young quarterback will still miss an extended period of time. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Foles is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Last season Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers broke his left collarbone in Week 9 and didn’t return until Week 17.
Before he left the game with the injury, Foles had gone 10-for-13 for 124 yards, including a 59-yard TD to Jeremy Maclin. However, he also threw a 51-yard pick six after being hit by Texans DE J.J. Watt and tossing the ball straight to Houston cornerback A.J. Bouye.