Chip Kelly: Nick Foles has a concussion

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The Eagles don’t know who will be taking the reps at quarterback with the first team at Tuesday’s practice, but it won’t be Nick Foles.

Coach Chip Kelly announced Monday that Foles did suffer a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, which Foles had to leave early because of a head injury. He’ll have to go through the concussion protocol before he’s cleared to practice or play in a game, something that the team won’t know until later in the week.

Kelly said that Michael Vick, out the last two weeks with a hamstring injury, worked out before the game and felt like he was moving in the right direction. Kelly cautioned that Vick won’t suddenly get healthier because the team lost Foles.

“It’s all based on what his health is. We’ve listened to Mike the whole time and we’ll continue to listen to Mike,” Kelly said, via “Just cause one guy got hurt that doesn’t make another guy get healthy quicker.”

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that Vick’s not yet 100 percent and that the Eagles won’t get a sense of how close he is until Wednesday, but that the expectation is that Vick will make his return to the lineup even if he falls short of a complete return to health.

24 responses to “Chip Kelly: Nick Foles has a concussion

  1. That was an unnecessary concussion. That play was the definition of why you throw it away. The upside at the definitive moment was zero – and the downside to eating a hit (and keeping the clock going in a game the Birds were down) was big.

    Sad to to hear Foles concussed – but it was also astonishing to see such poor situational awareness. Any chance the Eagles had to come back was gone at that point – plus a valuable player took an unnecessary hit that was severe enough to classify as a concussion.

  2. Someone will need to get healthy quickly because Barclay isn’t looking like he’s going to be the solution.

  3. chargersdiehard says:Oct 21, 2013 2:14 PM

    One record chips offense will set will be the most qb injuries in one season. Anyone still think he will revolutionize the league?


    What does one have to do with the other? Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, Brian Hoyer, Matt Schaub, etc… all got injured recently. Vick pulled a hamstring running the ball in a way that he would have done in any offense. Foles got injured taking a hit on the sideline long after he should have thrown it away. What do any of these things have to do with Chip Kelly’s offense other than you just wanting to make a nonsense point with nothing to back it up.

  4. Tebow actually would do a serviceable job for the Eagles (assuming they want to try remain a little competitive enough to possibly win the division).

    He could platoon with Vick and take a lot of the hits on the run plays. Its either that or suffer through Barkely…although if your QB for next year isn’t on the roster right now, maybe play Barkley, use Vick or Foles to trade up picks and take Mariota.

  5. The Eagles are screwed: Vick can’t stay healthy and Foles can’t run. Don’t wait for the 2014 draft to get it fixed.

    1. Jacksonville: Marcus Mariota
    2. Houston: Johnny Manziel
    3. Oakland: Teddy Bridgewater

  6. chargersdiehard says:
    Oct 21, 2013 2:14 PM
    One record chips offense will set will be the most qb injuries in one season. Anyone still think he will revolutionize the league?


    Anyone still think the Chargers are trying all for nothing? 1st rd & out

  7. Vick is not the long term future and in a lost season it’s absolutely stupid to play him.

    You have to see what you have in Barkley. Throwing him in cold for his first NFL action that was a no win situation was no accurate evaluation on him.

    He’s a first round talent that dropped into your lap. Whether you hit gold with him or if he ultimately doesn’t work, find out now.

    Why waste a franhise building first round pick next draft, possibly more if you trade up, when you don’t have to? Find out what you have, make the investment because the timing is perfect.

    How stupid would it be to pour all that value into a QB next yr that may not work out, when you have a defense that will need multiple drafts to fix, when you may have had your answer all along just sitting there on the bench because you were too dumb to look at it?

    Will people stop this Vick nonsense already?

  8. Plus, if Vick was smart, he’d milk this injury the rest of the year and stay out and move on next year to a backup role on a contender.

  9. As an Eagles fan, I hate to admit it, but that was the most painfully boring game I have watched in a long time. It was just awful.

    I’m not ready to say that I want Vick back in the lineup, but Fole’s performance was so bad that it has turned the entire city around in just 3 quarters of football. Obviously that’s not fair to the kid and I hope to see him try and rebound next week, but a few things are certain, Vick is old and not part of the future, Barkley fell to the 4th round for a reason, and the team will be just good enough to not be able to get a top QB in next years draft. That doesn’t bode well for the Eagles QB play in the foreseeable future.

  10. Vick gets paid $500k per game (if on active roster)…….he’ll be on the field this year. He’s a free agent next year so he’s playing for a new contract from someone too>

  11. No mention of the rookie Barkley who came in and tossed three INTs. He is the next Jimmy Clausen.

    Hate to see Foles out. Like to play against that guy every week. COWBOYS own eagles. Hate all you want it doesn’t change anything.

  12. “if Vick was smart, he’d milk this injury the rest of the year”

    No true professional would do that, no matter what the situation. Michael Vick may be a lot of things, but a slacker isn’t one of them.

  13. steves11 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 2:57 PM
    Wherever he is now, I’m certain that Kevin Kolb is available should the Eagles see a need to bring in a QB from outside.


    Kolb went on IR after picking up a disturbingly bad concussion for Buffalo this season. He will not be back.

  14. There has to be more to the Foles’ story. He’s been too accurate, even last year, to have played as poorly as he did. Either the team is jinxed at home or Nick was playing with an injury from Tampa.

  15. @johnnyoclock

    “Lost season”? The Eagles are only one game back and still have nine more games. I think it’s a little early to throw in the towel.

  16. It’s seems odd that it took this long to “announce” the concussion. Anybody watching the game saw the way Foles’ head bounced off the turf. And, then he got up and had that glazed look in his eyes.

    This is yet another example of why the NFL – if it’s to be taken seriously at its word that safety comes first – should have impartial medical staff in the booth watching every game. That medical staff should be given the right to call down to the field and signal that a player is not to return to field that game. Period. Leaving it up to team personnel is just an open invitation for teams to ‘clear’ a concussed player back into the game.

  17. Question I have is why Kelly is so cagey when asked who his starter is…he says it’s based on health but that only covers the next start, not who the team’s starting QB is. Feel bad for Foles…all he does is compete and he’s getting trashed here in Philly. His two starts this year were actually better than Brady’s two starts after taking over for Bledsoe. Get better soon, Nick.

  18. steves11 – “true professional” – I don’t think that phrase means what you think it means. Do “true professionals” bankroll interstate gambling rings? Kill and torture dogs? Etc., etc. Vick’s entire life can be summed up in the word “slacker”. Maybe not so much physically because that has always come to him naturally, but DEFINITELY mentally.

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