During Thursday’s preseason matchup with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles suffered a strained right shoulder following a strip sack by Patriots DE Adrian Clayborn.
Foles doesn’t appear to be concerned about the injury to his throwing shoulder. But with plenty of uncertainty already surrounding quarterback Carson Wentz’s status, offshore sportsbooks such as BookMaker and Pinnacle took the line for Philly’s regular-season opener against the Falcons off the board.
“Off the board” means a betting line that was once available has been taken down temporarily due to new or breaking information. Once books are comfortable with a line, they’ll reopen that game for betting.
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Before Foles’ injury, the Eagles had settled in as 4-point favorites at home against the Falcons on Thursday, Sept. 6.
According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook’s Jay Kornegay, the Falcons would reopen as 3- to 3.5-point favorites should third-string QB Nate Sudfeld start Week 1.
Wentz tore his ACL on Dec. 10 of last year, so Philly’s opener comes about nine months after the injury. Earlier this week, Wentz admitted that he’s still not sure if he’ll be ready for Week 1, telling Angelo Cataldi of SportsRadio WIP 94.1:
“I obviously would love to be out there. That’s been my goal all offseason ever since the injury. It’s going to be close. It’s going to be close. I’m still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it’s not just my decision. There’s coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I’m at and time will tell here.”
The Eagles have the ultimate insurance policy in Foles should Wentz not be ready, but the Super Bowl 52 MVP now has his own injury concerns.
Sportsbooks are protecting themselves by not letting bettors continue to wager on this matchup should Sudfield end up under center for the defending champions.