Nick Foles to open season for Eagles

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The Eagles have chosen their Week 1 starter.

Wentz still hasn't been medically cleared for contact as he comes back from surgery last December to fix two torn ligaments in his left knee. We'll get a definitive answer Thursday, and, assuming it's Foles, the coach can only hope the Eagles will see the postseason, not preseason, version. Neither is Carson Wentz's recovery from a torn ACL and LCL that ended his 2017 season. He still has to clear that hurdle, and the Eagles won't want to put their franchise quarterback in harm's way.

The team gave Foles a raise this offseason to reward him for his postseason performance and keep him in Philly for at least another year. Foles took 264 team reps during training camp practices that were open to the media. According to Eagles beat writer Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94WIP.com, the former second overall pick hasn't been cleared for contact only days ahead of the season opener. It is worth remembering, however, that Foles has a history of stepping up and playing some of his best games on the biggest stages.

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Of course, the story is about more than just Thursday night's game. The defending Super Bowl champs' opener comes eight months and three weeks after Wentz's surgery. The crowd will be rocking.

On the same day that Philadelphia officially cut their roster down to 53 players before Saturday's deadline, the team also announced that it would Nick Foles under center for that first game of 2018 against Atlanta, which seems like the correct move. That won't be in Week 1. Jones made it evident then that he wasn't a fan of being peppered with questions about the Eagles.

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