PHILADELPHIA ( - In the moment it looked like disaster but the dark clouds surrounding Nick Foles quickly lifted leaving at least a partly-sunny forecast.

While Doug Pederson will not address Foles' "strained shoulder" until Sunday, the early word is that the Super Bowl MVP has avoided any significant damage, according to NFL Media.

The Eagles thought they dodged a bullet early on as evidenced by Foles staying on the sideline after the Adrian Clayborn strip sack which caused a few hearts to skip a beat in the Delaware Valley on Thursday night.

The second positive sign was Foles speaking to the media after the 37-20 setback, something that wouldn't typically happen if preliminary examinations indicated there was a chance that the injury was serious.

"I was getting ready to throw a deep ball and it got grabbed as I was following on through so it sort of got a little strained," Foles explained. "So you know, I was with the trainers, we'll - I'll go in tomorrow and get treatment on it and sort of go from there. But it feels alright, feels pretty good. Hopefully, there's no issues."

Dr. David Chao, the former Chargers' team physician who often diagnoses injury through video, indicated that the worst-case scenario for Foles was a subluxation of his shoulder and injured labrum.

"Most likely," Cho wrote, "[Foles] strained his rotator cuff on the play and will miss days to weeks and be ready for Week 1."

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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