Nick Foles' broken collarbone could cost him a lot more than just the next six to eight weeks of the season.
If a rejuvenated Mark Sanchez meets coach Chip Kelly's lofty expectations, Foles' days as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback are numbered.
Citing people with knowledge of the Eagles' plans, NJ.com's Mark Eckel reports Foles' long-term Philadelphia future was already in doubt prior to the injury.
"I think (general manager Howie Roseman) is looking at quarterbacks," a league source told NJ.com. "He's kind of soured on Foles, and I don't think he's alone. The organization isn't sold that he's the guy going forward."
Foles was drafted by the Andy Reid regime. When Kelly took over, he immediately restructured Michael Vick's deal and drafted Matt Barkley, hardly the actions of a talent evaluator with a high opinion of Foles.
If the team's waning faith in Foles is a surprise, it's due only to their first-place standing in the NFC East. Plagued by poor footwork, scattershot accuracy and questionable decision-making, Foles has been outplayed by the opposing quarterback in the majority of games this season.
Foles' current contract is soon coming to an end and the Eagles were going to need to make a decision on his future anyway. Foles' injury is pretty much a free chance to get a feel for what Mark Sanchez can do without having to bench Foles - which was the feeling of some beat writers if Foles continued to play poorly against Houston before he got hurt. As strange as it sounds, and despite the Eagles sitting in first place, it's very possible next season's QB isn't even on the roster.