Nick Foles’ ascension into one of the NFL’s high-profile quarterbacks this season continued when the second-year quarterback was put on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.
The cover reads: “A dreadful start; No home wins before December; Another winter of discontent looming in Philly; And then Nick Foles happened.” Foles is the 19th Eagles player to appear on the magazine’s cover. The last one was Nnamdi Asomugha in 2011.
“Great honor and a testament to the team and what we’ve been doing,” Foles said in the locker room on Wednesday.
Foles said his mother would keep the magazine for grandchildren, although Foles is not one to get impressed by attention.
“I don't worry about Nick from any aspect like that,” coach Chip Kelly said. “He's a team guy and understands what our focus is on the Vikings and I know Nick's focus is on the Vikings.”
Kelly doesn’t believe in the “SI jinx.” Foles said he’s heard more about the jinx associated with the cover of the Madden video game than with Sports Illustrated, but he also does not believe in it.
“A lot of times when something happens and you start getting complacent and start thinking you’ve arrived, and every day I come to work and I work on the stuff I need to do better,” Foles said. “Because I do have a lot of flaws in my game that I understand, so I’ve got to make those better every day.”
CASSEL TO START; STATUS FOR PETERSON, GERHART UNKNOWN
The Vikings will start Matt Cassel at quarterback against the Eagles, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters in Minnesota on Wednesday. Cassel has started the past two games for the Vikings and has been 37 of 71 for 508 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
There is not yet word on whether Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson and No. 2 running back Toby Gerhart will play Sunday. Frazier indicated that neither would practice until at least Friday.
“A little more optimistic with Toby than with Adrian, but we’ll see,” Frazier said. “He’s a fast healer as we all know. He’ll do things most can’t when it comes down to injuries. He believes he’ll be ready to be go.”
EAGLES IN THE SNOW
When Vikings defensive end Jared Allen reflected with Philadelphia-area reporters on the last time the Vikings played the Eagles – a 24-14 snow-delayed Vikings win on a Tuesday night – he joked that the Eagles could not play in snow then. When he watched film of the Eagles’ win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, he saw a snow-covered field.
“All the sudden now you guys can play in a blizzard, huh?” Allen said with a laugh. “That must be the difference between Andy [Reid] and Chip Kelly.”
Eagles linebacker Najee Goode missed Wednesday’s practice with a hamstring injury. Safety Earl Wolff was limited.