Nick Foles has not been with his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates for this week’s OTA practices. The team announced on Tuesday that his absence was for personal reasons and coach Doug Marrone said the team’s “thoughts and prayers” were with Foles and his family.
Let’s make it clear from the outset: This round of OTAs is voluntary, so Foles was under no obligation to take part. But Marrone’s words gave a hint that it was something significant and possibly tragic, and unfortunately we now have confirmation that it is both.
‘We are grateful for all the love, support and prayers’
On Wednesday night, Foles posted to his Twitter account, asking people to read an Instagram post from his wife.
“Tori has written a beautiful heartfelt post explaining what we have gone through this week. We are grateful for all the love, support and prayers,” he wrote.
He closed with “2 Cor 12:9.” That Bible verse reads, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Virus and miscarriage
Tori Foles’ Instagram post, under a photo of herself and Nick with another couple (Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Press Taylor and his wife Brooklyn and two adorable toddlers), explains the heartbreaking story: She lost the couple’s son to miscarriage.
“So thankful for this family right here and miss having them right down the street!” she begins. “Our weekend together was not quite as planned, but blessed by their presence and the help they provided us with an unexpected set of circumstances that nick and I suddenly found ourselves in.
“As several of you knew, we were about 15 weeks pregnant with our 2nd baby. Early Sunday morning after a rough couple days fighting a ‘virus’ of some sort, I went into sudden labor and knew something was wrong. Not long after we learned we had miscarried our baby boy.
“To fully labor and deliver and even see our baby boy was a pretty devastating process. Come to find that I had contracted an infection of pneumonia in the blood. The emotions go back and forth from immense and overwhelming sadness, confusion and anger to a firm belief that God has this fully in his hands and will use this for good. We cannot always understand or explain, but we know that is true.
”We’ve endured some unique challenges as a couple so far, but never quite knew what something like this felt like and now we do. We have so much compassion and sensitivity to those who have gone through a miscarriage at any point and in any circumstance. We know they all happen very differently.
“We are finally home from the hospital and recovering physically from the infection with antibiotics (already much better) as well as emotionally from this traumatic loss. This will take time.
“So many thanks to everyone who has reached out to us and who has been praying for us. Thank you Taylor family for being here this weekend. We had a pretty fun weekend planned, and it was turned upside down, but God knew we needed you.”
She also thanked the doctors, nurses and staff at Baptist Medical Center Beaches, the Jacksonville hospital that treated her.
It is unclear when Nick Foles will return to practice with the Jaguars, though obviously taking care of his wife and family are a priority.
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