August 08, 2019
UPDATE [11:10 p.m.] — According to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Nate Sudfeld suffered a broken left wrist in the second quarter. After Sudfeld underwent x-rays at halftime, it was determined that the injury is not season-ending, but will require surgery.
Nate Sudfeld has xrays at halftime and broke his left wrist. He will have surgery tomorrow. Doug Pederson says it’s not season ending.— Evan Macy (@evan_macy) August 9, 2019
That likely means the Eagles will be looking for veteran quarterback to bring in to back up Carson Wentz. Unless...
Doug Pederson said no plans to add a QB. “I can come out of retirement.” I think he’s kidding. #Eagles— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) August 9, 2019
Nate Sudfeld looked like a starting-caliber quarterback Thursday night, going 10-for-17 for 177 yards and a score (including a 75-yard bomb go Marken Michel) in just about two quarters of work against the Titans.
But that won't be the story tomorrow. It will be his wrists.
The QB entered the game for one last series with the Eagles attempting to piece together a two-minute drill before halftime. But then on a play that would result in a roughing the passer call, Sudfeld broke his fall with his outstretched hands.
And this happened:
That’s Nate Sudfeld being carted off with a wrist injury (if you zoom in and look). Not good news for the eagles pic.twitter.com/SmJhQ53qgk— Evan Macy (@evan_macy) August 9, 2019
TV angle of cast on Nate Sudfeld’s arm. Not what you want to see to end a preseason half! pic.twitter.com/d2xvwEOBZZ— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) August 9, 2019
Sudfeld would not be returning regardless of his injury status, but the setback is one that could be a killer for the Eagles this season. With their franchise Carson Wentz saddled with baggage from injuries in all three of his NFL seasons, Sudfeld was the Birds' insurance policy.
Behind Wentz and Sudfeld are rookie fifth round pick Clayton Thorson (who has not impressed to say the least in camp thus far) and veteran Cody Kessler. If either has to lead the Eagles stacked offense after a Wentz injury, the Eagles are toast.
Sudfeld earned the praise and trust of the Eagles front office and it was anticipated that the team may even be comfortable carrying just two quarterbacks into the season (with Thorson potentially clearing waivers and making the practice squad).
Should Sudfeld have any serious injury to his wrist(s), the Eagles may be forced to bring in another quarterback off the street.
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