Nick Foles named Eagles' Week 1 starter vs. Falcons

Wentz's surgeon advises Eagles to take 'cautious approach' with QB

One would think that a player like Foles coming off a Super Bowl performance in which he took home MVP honors would have little trouble leading the Eagles to start off the new season, but that's always easier said than done when looking at the last couple of weeks.

The Eagles officially announced that Nick Foles would get the start for Thursday's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field.

With quarterback an uncertainty, and top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery not expected to play Thursday, Ajayi could be heavily featured against the Falcons.

The news of Foles starting comes a day after John Clark of NBC 10 cornered the surgeon who repaired Wentz's knee, Dr. Jim Bradley, for some revealing on-the-record comments.

Pederson finally lost his patience a week ago and remained upset Sunday, accusing reporters of "putting words in (his) mouth" and refusing to publicly name his starter. He is practicing, but hasn't been medically cleared for contact.

"This is still preseason and we're giving all our quarterbacks reps at this time", Pederson said. "Trying to win a football game, you know?"

Wentz was in the MVP hunt before tearing his ACL against the Rams. He also took six sacks, including one for a safety during a dismal outing in the Eagles' third preseason game, when his team lost to the Browns, 5-0, and left Pederson reportedly describing Foles's performance as "very disappointing". The Eagles were 10-2 when they arrived in L.A.to play the Rams and won that see-saw game after Wentz departed with the lead - although they fell behind again before Foles and the defense brought them back. "What's a few (missed) games over 12 to 15 years?"

In the short term, though, Pederson is clearly getting frustrated with the constant questions about his quarterback situation.

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