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Jags coach says Foles unlikely to play vs. Eagles

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It doesn’t look like Nick Foles is going to play against his former team on Thursday.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday that he wasn’t going to play a lot of starters against Philadelphia, and while he didn’t officially rule Foles out he did say he didn’t want to play his quarterback unless he had the starting offensive line healthy and on the field. Three starters are injured and not expected to play against the Eagles.

“I will take a good look at it after [Wednesday] and probably not play some of the players [on Thursday],” Marrone said. “We will play [our starters] the third preseason game. … I think it’s important that you play that game because you are presenting and you want to get the players in the right frame of mind. I hope that I was able to kind of clear these things up. I should have probably done it earlier.”

Foles was among 31 players (20 starters) that did not play in the Jaguars’ preseason opener last Thursday. Marrone said his normal plan is to play his starters about 20 snaps in the second preseason game but he instead has taken a more cautious approach this year because of the injuries that ravaged the team last season. That included losing No. 1 receiver Marqise Lee for the season with a severe knee injury suffered during the third preseason game. In addition, left guard Andrew Norwell and center Brandon Linder suffered injuries during training camp and the preseason that eventually landed them on injured reserve.

As for the offensive line, left tackle Cam Robinson (knee) just came off the physically unable to perform list on Monday. Norwell (quad) and right tackle Jawaan Taylor (knee) were limited in practices this week.

Marrone said he’s gotten his healthy first-teamers more snaps in practices during the past two weeks to make up for not playing in the preseason games. Marrone said he’s usually had his starters play about 30 snaps in the third preseason game but he’ll make that determination next week.

“If the third preseason game comes and someone doesn’t play, it’s probably on the verge of just being cautious,” Marrone said.

The Jaguars signed Foles to a four-year, $91 million contract that included a franchise-record $50.125 million guaranteed in March. It’s possible his first game snaps with his new team may not come until the regular-season opener against Kansas City at TIAA Bank Field.

“I’m going to leave all of those things up to coach,” Foles said. “All I’m going to do is handle what I can control and that’s coming out here and competing with my teammates, working hard, studying the film, working in meetings and walk-throughs and whatever he decides I’ll go with.”

Foles spent the past two seasons with the Eagles as the backup to Carson Wentz. He replaced and injured Wentz both seasons and led the franchise to a Super Bowl LII victory over New England. Foles was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 373 yards and a touchdown and also catching a touchdown pass.

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Source — Patriots re-signing veteran kicker Nick Folk

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The New England Patriots will be re-signing kicker Nick Folk, a league source confirmed to ESPN.

The move, which was first reported by NFL Network, was expected after the Patriots waived Kai Forbath on Monday and were left with no kickers on the roster.

Forbath was signed to replace Folk, who had an appendectomy last week. In Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, Forbath went 1-for-2 on extra points and made a 23-yarder on his only field goal attempt.

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Ronnie Lott, Adam Vinatieri among DBs, special teamers on NFL All-Time Team

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NEW YORK — Safety Ronnie Lott and cornerbacks Mel Blount, Mike Haynes and Dick “Night Train” Lane are unanimous selections for the NFL’s All-Time Team,

As part of its centennial season celebration, the league announced Friday night the defensive backs and special-teamers for the squad, as selected by a 26-member panel.

The other cornerbacks are Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Willie Brown and Darrell Green. All of the cornerbacks are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

So are the safeties. Joining Lott are Ken Houston, Emlen Tunnell, Larry Wilson, Ed Reed (who entered the hall this year), and Jack Christiansen.

Indianapolis placekicker Adam Vinatieri is the only current player chosen among specialists. The other placekicker is Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud.

Punters are Hall of Famer Ray Guy and Shane Lechler, while the return men are Devin Hester and Billy “White Shoes” Johnson.

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Saints rule out starting LBs A.J Klein (knee), Kiko Alonso (thigh) vs. 49ers

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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints have ruled out two of their starting linebackers before Sunday’s critical NFC showdown vs. the San Francisco 49ers.

Strongside linebacker A.J Klein (knee) and middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (thigh) were both injured during last Thursday’s win at Atlanta. The timing is especially unfortunate because the 49ers have the NFL’s No. 2-ranked rushing offense at 148.0 yards per game.

And because both teams are 10-2, Sunday’s game could wind up determining the NFC’s top seed and home-field advantage.

The Saints’ run defense, meanwhile, ranks No. 3 in the league, allowing just 88.6 yards per game. They will likely count on veteran backup Craig Robertson as one replacement starter. Backups Stephone Anthony and newly signed Manti Te’o could also help fill the void.

On a positive injury note, the Saints’ standout left tackle Terron Armstead is listed as questionable after he returned to practice on a limited basis all week with his ankle injury. Even if he is not ready to return yet Sunday, it’s a good sign that he will be back soon.

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