It's not much of a surprise. Apparently, Pederson was irked by that report and insists that he has not decided about whether or not to play Carson Wentz.
Monday's decision does not end the circus, however. The Eagles only practice three more times, including Sunday, before the game. Still, Foles did win the franchise to their first Super Bowl Championship and that definitely means a lot. It's expected that whenever he returns to full health, he will start and Foles will go back to being the backup.
"He starts shooting you videos", Howard Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, told reporters on Saturday. He remains on the Eagles' active roster, indicating the team expects him to be ready within the first six weeks of the regular season.
Nate Sudfeld will be the No. 2 quarterback on Thursday night and Wentz will be inactive. Wentz has made significant progress in his offseason rehab, but will not be available for Philadelphia's season opener.
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Until Wentz plays again, questions will persist about his readiness and whether he's been cleared for contact by the medical staff, which according to Pederson has not happened. With the Week 1 deadline out of the way, it will be interesting to see just how long the Eagles wait to put their franchise quarterback back onto the field.
While the Eagles might not have Carson Wentz to start the season, they do have reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
Thus Philadelphia might strongly prefer to give Wentz the start if that were possible, but while reports have been very positive about his mobility, he doesn't appear to be quite ready yet. The sole focus is on Thursday night and having the offense, which failed to get untracked in the preseason, up and running efficiently against Atlanta.
"Nick Foles is the starter Week 1", Pederson said.