Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a huge blow on Monday with news that starting quarterback Nick Foles will be out for an extended period of time with a broken clavicle.

Foles went out of Sunday’s game in the first quarter against the Houston Texans holding his shoulder following a sack by the Texans’ Whitney Mercilus.

The Eagles would go on to win the game 31-21 to improve to 6-2 on the year and move into sole position of first place in the NFC Eastern Division, ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, who dropped their second consecutive game.

Prior to the injury, Foles had been attempting to come close to his amazing output level from last year following a slow start. He currently has 13 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions for an NFL quarterback rating of 81.6.

Last year, Foles threw 27 touchdown passes while throwing only two interceptions. That gave him the third-highest NFL quarterback rating ever with 119.6. That resulted in a Pro Bowl appearance in which he earned offensive Most Valuable Player accolades.

Replacing Foles will be former New York Jets signal caller Mark Sanchez, who was signed by the Eagles during the offseason. Next Monday’s start at home against the Carolina Panthers will mark Sanchez’s first start in 23 months. Sanchez didn’t play at all last season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder during the preseason. It’ll be interesting to see what Sanchez can pull off after this time away, so me and Bruce Levenson will be watching to see if the Eagles can continue their successful start to the season.