Eagles backup quarterback Mike Kafka suffered a broken left hand in the Eagles 24-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kafka played through the injury during the game, but will now be sidelined as his left hand is heavily wrapped. Kafka throws with his right hand, so he is still participating in a limited role during practice. Today he threw during individual drills and 7 on 7, but sat out during the team session. He cannot take snaps with the wrap on his hand.
Kafka’s unfortunate injury has opened the door for rookie Nick Foles to step up. Foles played very well in the first preseason game tossing a touchdown to fellow rookie Damaris Johnson and another touchdown to Mardy Gilyard. The offense was inept under Vick and Kafka, but Foles’ rookie debut seemed to spark the team. Foles has a big arm and did not seem intimidated playing in his first NFL game. After his performance against the Steelers there were already whispers about him challenging Kafka for the backup role. Now with Kafka’s injury, Foles will get even more of an opportunity to show the coaching staff that he is ready to backup Michael Vick.
Vick has a propensity for getting injured so whoever ends up being the number two quarterback will need to be prepared to play should Vick go down. Vick banged his thumb against a helmet during the Steelers game. He left the game in some pain, but the injury is not serious. Another sign that the backup quarterback may prove vital to the Eagles’ success this season.
Currently the Eagles have four quarterbacks on the roster: Vick, Kafka, Foles, Edwards. Vick is the obvious starter, but after him the depth chart is written in pencil. Trent Edwards played well leading an effective two minute come from behind drive against the Steelers. He will get more reps with Kafka’s injury. Edwards likely will not make the team, but the upcoming preseason games may be just the audition he needs to land a job with another team.
Kafka is expected to miss 2-3 weeks and he will be anxious to take back his number two spot. There is a quarterback competition in Philly, just not for the starting job.
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