PHILADELPHIA – Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will play in the Thursday night's preseason game against Cleveland Browns, according to coach Doug Pederson.
Foles injured his throwing shoulder last week against the New England Patriots after being hit midway by defensive Adrian Clayborn in the second quarter. Foles squeezed his arm as he headed for the lawn and did not return to the game. Later, he said his shoulder "was shocked amusingly as I was following."
Other tests revealed that it was a mild strain, and on Sunday he returned to the training camp.
The Super Bowl MVP had a rocky night even before the injury, going to 3 out of 9 for 44 yards in his first preseason action.
Pederson said he would like to see "only the consistency" of Foles this week. "You guys saw a couple of shots at the start of the game that were not just Nick Foles type shots in terms of accuracy, so just do those types of games and only the overall performance", said the trainer. "I'd like to see a touchdown drive or two."
Pederson wants the starters to play at least half against the Browns.
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"He's doing well, he's doing well, he's making good decisions, he's throwing the ball very well," said Pederson. "He's doing the right things with his rehab, and I'm excited about the stage he's in."
The left tackle Jason Peters and the return of Darren Sproles will be held again on Thursday. Both are coming out of knee reconstructive surgery and while they are training this summer, the Eagles are more concerned with bringing their veterans to the good season.
The Jeffery Alshon receiver remains physically unable to perform and it is unlikely that this preseason will appear. Nelson Agholor's broader companion and the running back Jay Ajayi have to do with injuries to the lower body, for Pederson.
Defender Brandon Graham was activated by PUP on Monday. He will not play on Thursday but he hopes to return for the opener on September 6th.