JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It does not look like Nick Foles will play against his former side on Thursday.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said on Tuesday that he would not play many starters against Philadelphia, and although he did not officially rule out Foles, he said he did not want to play his quarterback unless he had the starting offensive line healthy and on the field. Three starters are injured and are not expected to play against the Eagles.
"I'll take a closer look at [Wednesday] and probably some of the players will not play [on Thursday]," Marrone said. "We're going to play the third pre-season game [our starters] … I think it's important that you play this game because you want to present it and get the players into the right mood, I hope I did it I should probably have done it sooner. "
Foles was among the 31 players (20 starters) who were absent last Thursday at the Jaguars' inauguration. Marrone said his normal plan is to play his starters in the second pre-season game against 20 snaps, but that he was more cautious this year because of the injuries that devastated the team last season. This included the loss of number 1 receiver Marqise Lee for the season with a serious knee injury in the third preseason game. In addition, left-wing security guard Andrew Norwell and center Brandon Linder suffered injuries during the training camp and preseason in which they eventually landed in the injured reserve. Norwell (Quad) and Right Tackle Jawaan Taylor (Knee) had limited training this week.
Marrone said he has given his healthy first-team team members more training over the past two weeks to make up for the lack of participation in the pre-season games. Marrone said he usually let his starters play about 30 snaps in the third preseason, but that he will make that decision next week.
"When the third preseason comes and someone does not play, it's probably on The Jaguars signed a four-year contract for $ 91 million, which included a franchise record of $ 50.125 million guaranteed in March It's possible that his first match with his new team will not start before the regular season opener against Kansas City at TIAA Bank Field.
"I'll leave all these things to coach," Foles said. "All I'll do It's about managing what I can control and that comes out here and competes with my teammates, works hard, studies the movie, works in meetings and meetings and whatever he decides I'm going to go with.
Foles spent the last two seasons with the Eagles backing Carson Wentz replacing an injured Wentz in both seasons and leading the franchise to a Super Bowl LII victory over New England Game named after he had thrown 373 yards and received a touchdown and a touchdown pass.