Nate Sudfeld wrist injury raises worries for Eagles at QB behind Carson Wentz

An Nate Sudfeld injury could leave the Philadelphia Eagles scrambling to shore up their quarterback situation behind starter Carson Wentz.

Wentz didn’t take the field for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, making way for backup Sudfeld to get some reps.

Sudfeld carted off with apparent wrist injury

Sudfeld performed well, hitting 10-of-18 pass attempts for 177 yards and a touchdown. But he broke his left wrist on a hit late in the second quarter.

Head coach Doug Pederson told reporters after the game that Sudfeld will undergo surgery on Friday. He doesn’t expect the injury to be season-ending, but no timetable for a return was provided.

Sudfeld suffered the injury while bracing himself on a late hit from Titans defensive tackle Isaiah Mack in the second quarter. Sudfeld fell backward and planted both hands behind himself in the turf.

He came up clutching his left wrist.

He left the field on a cart while wearing a large brace on his left arm.

If there’s any consolation for Sudfeld, it’s that the injury occurred on his non-throwing arm.

The Eagles may be scrambling to back up Carson Wentz after an apparent injury to Nate Sudfeld. (Getty)
The Eagles may be scrambling to back up Carson Wentz after an apparent injury to Nate Sudfeld. (Getty)

Eagles thin at QB

After letting Nick Foles leave for the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency, the Eagles already had question marks behind Wentz at quarterback.

Pederson said that Cody Kessler will have the chance to win the backup job with fifth-round rookie Clayton Thorson behind him. For now, Pederson doesn’t plan to bring in another quarterback.

Kessler has limited experience since being drafted out of USC in 2016, throwing for 2,215 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions over three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Thorson’s next NFL snap will obviously be his first.

Wentz, meanwhile, is coming off his second straight season that ended with injury. The Eagles had the ultimate security blanket in Foles, who led them to a Super Bowl victory two seasons ago after Wentz got hurt.

Now that he’s gone, the Eagles may have to improvise with the quarterback depth chart.

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