Eagles backup QB situation gets scarier as Cody Kessler knocked out during first series

This is why Carson Wentz didn’t play on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles, who saw Nick Foles leave via free agency in the offseason, lost primary backup Nate Sudfeld in the preseason opener with a broken left wrist. He is expected to miss about six weeks.

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The Eagles sat Wentz, who has his own injury issues, and started Cody Kessler in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. And Kessler didn’t last a series before he was injured, too.

Cody Kessler hurt on the first series

On the first series of the game, Kessler completed one of his first three passes for 11 yards. On his fourth attempt, there was an obvious miscommunication in blocking assignments. Jaguars defensive end Datone Jones came through unblocked and crushed Kessler from behind.

Kessler was down for a few moments, then came off the field. The Eagles said he was being evaluated for a head injury.

In came rookie Clayton Thorson. Thorson had to come in, as he was the only healthy quarterback available to play. And he got hit hard on his first pass attempt.

Thorson remained in during Philadelphia’s second drive. In the second quarter he threw a long touchdown to Greg Ward, though it was an underthrown pass and Ward made a great adjustment and run after catch.

Eagles’ backup QB situation is thin

Seeing Kessler come off and Thorson come in as the last remaining available quarterback underscored that the Eagles have some concerns behind Wentz.

There are some concerns with Wentz too. He has suffered a significant injury each of the past four seasons, going back to college. Foles became a Philly legend filling in for him. But he’s gone. And what remains, even if Sudfeld is healthy, is a lot more uncertain. Wentz needs to stay healthy, especially early in the season.

Now the Eagles’ mission for the rest of the preseason becomes clear: No more quarterbacks going down to injury before the season starts.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 (R) of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up as injured quarterback Carson Wentz #11 (L) looks on before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Carson Wentz #11 and Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate their teams win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) have a quick laugh together during the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 31: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as teammate Nick Foles #9 passes the ball during Super Bowl LII practice on January 31, 2018 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on February 4th. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Carson Wentz #11 and Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles take the field prior to Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate injured quarterback Carson Wentz #11 after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Carson Wentz #11 during Eagles minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on June 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Quarterbacks Nick Foles #9, Nate Sudfeld #7 and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles, acknowledge fans as Wentz hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy atop a parade bus during festivities on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII championship with a victory parade. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Nick Foles #9 and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles look on prior to the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 30: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on while Carson Wentz #11 warms up behind him prior to the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 06: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up as Carson Wentz #11 looks on before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 06: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles (9) and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz (11) discuss a play during a NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 6, 2018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles and teammate quarterback Nick Foles #9 look on during warm ups before taking on the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles and teammate quarterback Nick Foles #9 warm up before taking on the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 07: Carson Wentz #11 (L) of the Philadelphia Eagles throws the ball next to Nick Foles #9 before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on October 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field as Carson Wentz #11 looks on in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Texans 32-30. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 speaks with Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles before the game against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia defeats Houston 32-30. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as Nick Foles #9 throws the ball before the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) look on before an NFL NFC Wild Card football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears on January 06, 2019, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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