The hope is always to escape the preseason without injury.
The Eagles must now hope that Nate Sudfeld has done that after the backup quarterback landed awkwardly on his left wrist following a late hit by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Isaiah Mack with 19 seconds left in the first half of the two teams’ preseason opener Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
Sudfeld left the game and was replaced by Cody Kessler, who helped get the Eagles into field goal range. Jake Elliott, though, couldn’t finish the job, missing from 40 yards out as the first half ended with the Titans holding a 14-10 lead. Elliott did connect from 53 yards away earlier in the game and also made his only PAT try.
The big news was Sudfeld, though.
With Carson Wentz sitting this one out, the offense was turned over to Sudfeld.
It took a bit for Sudfeld to heat up, but managed to lead the Eagles on a first-quarter field goal drive that included a 12-yard throw to rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and a 14-yard strike to tight end Dallas Goedert.
It was later when Sudfeld electrified the Linc crowd with a 75-yard strike to a flying Marken Michel down the middle of the field. Michel blew past Tennessee cornerback Adoree Jackson and caught the delivery in stride and raced into the end zone for a 10-6 Eagles lead with 11:24 to go in the second quarter.
Sudfeld finished his night 10-for-18 for 177 yards, one touchdown, and a passer rating of 107.9.
The hope now, however, is that he is able to play another night in the preseason, with the next game arriving next Thursday when the Eagles travel to Jacksonville to meet up with old friend Nick Foles and the Jaguars.