Eagles Notes: Foles is on Sports Illustrated's cover

Quarterback Nick Foles and coach Chip Kelly downplayed the SI cover jinx.
Quarterback Nick Foles and coach Chip Kelly downplayed the SI cover jinx.
Posted: December 13, 2013

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Foles is the 19th Eagles player to appear on the magazine's cover. The last one was Nnamdi Asomugha in 2011.

"Great honor and a testament to the team and what we've been doing," Foles said Wednesday in the locker room.

Foles said his mother would keep the magazine for her grandchildren, although Foles is not one to get impressed by the attention.

"I don't worry about Nick from any aspect like that," coach Chip Kelly said. "He's a team guy and understands what our focus is - on the Vikings - and I know Nick's focus is on the Vikings."

Kelly said he doesn't believe in the supposed SI cover jinx. Foles said he has heard more about the jinx associated with the cover of the Madden video game than with Sports Illustrated, but he also does not believe in it.

"A lot of times something happens and you start getting complacent and start thinking you've arrived, and every day I come to work and I work on the stuff I need to do better," Foles said. "Because I do have a lot of flaws in my game that I understand, so I've got to make those better every day."

Injuries

Running backs Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) were among six Vikings players who did not practice Wednesday. The others were tight end John Carlson (concussion), guard Brandon Fusco (knee), and cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and Josh Robinson (chest).

Eagles linebacker Najee Goode missed practice with a hamstring injury. Safety Earl Wolff (knee) was limited.

Playing in the snow

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen reflected with Philadelphia-area reporters on the last time the Vikings played the Eagles - a snow-delayed, 24-14 Minnesota win in 2010.

He joked that the Eagles could not play in the snow then. When he watched film of the Eagles' win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, he saw a snow-covered field.

"All the sudden now you guys can play in a blizzard, huh?" Allen said with a laugh. "That must be the difference between Andy [Reid] and Chip Kelly."

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