Cody Kessler gets No. 2 practice reps with Nate Sudfeld, in a sling, assisting
The Eagles' stance on their quarterbacks has not changed after Nate Sudfeld broke a bone near his left wrist in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.
“There's really not a lot to be said about the quarterback position,” said head coach Doug Pederson following Saturday’s practice. “We're very comfortable with the two we have. They're going to get a lot of work these next several weeks obviously in practice.
“It's like any other position on our football team: if we see the need to add depth and value, we will. But at this time, we're confident with the guys we have moving forward.”
Sudfeld was at practice with his left arm in a sling following surgery Friday morning.
VIDEO: Nate Sudfeld talks about his wrist surgery
“I feel great,” he said. “Surgery went great, really thankful for the service. They did a great job and got me in so fast. As far as the timetable, I’m trying to get back as soon as I can, but I’ve never broken a bone before so I’m trying to listen to the doctors and everything so hopefully be back really soon.”
Sudfeld said he felt the injury right away when he landed awkwardly while trying to brace his fall after a late hit from a Titans pass rusher sent him backwards with 19 seconds left in the first half.
“It felt a little weird,” he said. “My hand was a little numb, I was moving my fingers and the break was like right under my wrist band. Eventually, I stood there a second and my wrist band was kind crooked so I was like, uh, that’s probably not good.”
Until Sudfeld returns – and nobody is placing a timetable on it, though initial reports indicate it will be at least six-weeks – the Eagles are seemingly content to ride with Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson as Carson Wentz’s preseason backups.
Unless a move is made to add another veteran, Cody Kessler will be elevated to No. 2, because Thorson is nowhere ready to being in that position.
Wentz took most of the first-team reps on Saturday, but Kessler got more reps than he had probably taken in the past week worth of practices.
“Obviously more reps (Saturday), certain situations, and Nate was out there and he was awesome helping me out and kind of talked me through a lot of things,” said Kessler. “It was good, got a lot of reps, had a good two-minute drive there, got to push the ball down the field here and there and had some good plays down the field and felt a lot more comfortable running the offense, getting in a rhythm and getting long extended drives in certain periods.”
The Eagles released some injury updates on players, and it is a bit frightening at first glance.
Right tackle Lane Johnson (knee) and tight end Dallas Goedert (calf) were listed as week-to-week. Sources said, however, that they are still on track to start week one against the Washington Redskins, but may not play the remainder of the preseason.
“I would expect him,” said Pederson about Johnson. “If I know Lane, he's not going to want to miss that game.”
Goedert’s injury leaves the Eagles a bit thin at tight end, because Richard Rodgers is still trying to get well from a foot injury that has sidelined him for a week.
“Zach (Ertz) got a ton of reps (Saturday),” said Pederson. “He's pushing with the first unit. We have to make sure he's ready to go so we give him enough stuff.
“Then you have Perk (Joshua Perkins) out there, Will Tye, then Alex (Ellis). These guys are getting valuable reps. This is a great opportunity for these young guys right now to really kind of hone in on their skill and ability and what they know with our offense, and really get time moving forward in these games.”
Other injury updates include: safety Blake Countess (multiple weeks, hamstring), defensive end Daeshon Hall (day to day, shoulder), defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (concussion), receiver DeAndre Thompkins (day to day, shoulder).
Defensive end Joe Ostman, who was placed on season-ending Injury Reserve after tearing an ACL in his left knee last Sunday, said he will have surgery on Tuesday.
Ostman was having a strong offseason and training camp. He suffered the injury covering a punt, twisteding hard while his foot stayed planted in the turf at Lincoln Financial Field.
Ostman said he knew right away he had torn the ligament.
Still, he was upbeat in Saturday's locker room that he will return better when his rehab is eventually completed.
The Eagles will return to practice on Sunday morning, and it is presumed that Eli Harold, the defensive end the Eagles acquired in a Friday trade, will make his practice debut. Harold was not on the practice field on Saturday.
Training camp officially ends Tuesday, but the team will likely host fans for the two days of open practices when the Baltimore Ravens and Eagles practice together leading up to the third preseason game.