Last season, Nick Foles exploded onto the NFL radar with one of the most impressive seasons in recent memory. In 13 total games, with 10 starts, Foles threw for 2,891 yards with an impressive 27 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. Coming into this year many assumed Foles would build on last year with the Philadelphia Eagles offense expected to be one of the best in the NFL.
Things haven’t quite worked out for Foles this year as halfway through the season he has thrown only 13 touchdowns with a disappointing 10 interceptions. The Eagles offense also struggled at times, but with their defense and special teams making so many plays, the Eagles still sit atop the NFC East with a 6-2 record.
But yesterday things took a turn for the worse as Foles was sacked by Whitney Mercilus at the end of the first quarter. Foles suffered a broken collarbone on the play and did not return. Foles would undergo an MRI and according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport, Foles will miss 6-8 weeks, but won’t need surgery:
Following his MRI, #Eagles QB Nick Foles is out 6-8 weeks with collarbone fracture, source says. He won't need surgery on it, though
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 3, 2014
This could be a huge loss for the Eagles. Last season the team looked terrible when Matt Barkley took over after Foles went down. Mark Sanchez should be better than Barkley was last year, but the drop from Foles to Sanchez is still a major one.
Missing six weeks also means Foles would miss both games against the Dallas Cowboys, who the Eagles are battling with for NFC East supremacy. That could be the difference in a playoff berth for the Eagles this year.