The Philadelphia Eagles will place their faith in Mark Sanchez today as they take on the Dallas Cowboys in a crucial divisional match up this Thanksgiving.
And if reports emanating out of Philly today are to be believed then the Eagles may have to back the much maligned Sanchez all the way into the playoffs, if the former New York Jets quarterback can get them that far that is.
That's because, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nick Foles may be facing a longer spell on the sidelines that originally expected when he went down with a collarbone injury on November 2nd.
The latest reports on Foles suggest that the initial prognosis of a 6-8 week layoff was extremely "generous" and it looks like the quarterback, who will go in for further tests this week, may not be ready to throw out on the gridiron again until Week 16 at the very, very earliest.
With the franchise wanting Foles' injured collarbone to recover to its full potential they may well side with a cautious approach however meaning Sanchez may be handed the reigns for the entirety of the Eagles regular-season run in.
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While Sanchez impressed in his first full start for the franchise in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers he has failed to push on in the subsequent two weeks.
A tough night against the Green Bay Packers was followed by a double-interception outing against Tennessee and he has fumbled the ball five times in his three starts so far.
With Chip Kelly having originally hoped to have Foles back in in time for Week 14 it looks like the Eagles will have to pin all their hopes on the unpredictable Sanchez to guide them to playoff football.
A tight race with the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title means there isn't much room for manoeuvre for the backup QB either, with both teams heading into Week 13 on 8-3 records.