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Philadelphia Eagles QB Mike Kafka Suffered Broken Left Hand in Preseason Opener

The Philadelphia Eagles reported that backup quarterback Mike Kafka suffered a broken left hand and will miss the next three weeks.

The injury actually happened in the Eagles’ first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he was stepped on, according to Zach Berman of philly.com.

Kafka will still participate in non-passing drills in practice but rookie Nick Foles will take his spot with the second-team offense while Kafka recovers from his injury.

The broken hand could easily cause Kafka to miss the remainder of the preseason. In theory, this injury could cause the 24-year old quarterback to lose his opportunity as the team’s backup quarterback.

Kafka struggled mightily in the first preseason game, completing 5 of 9 passes for just 31 yards, and an interception, which defensive lineman Al Woods returned 52 yards.

Foles turned in the top performance of the night, completing 6 of 10 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns: a 70-yard bomb to undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Damaris Johnson and a 44-yard deep pass down the left sideline to former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. In fact, the touchdowns came on consecutive plays.

“He’s progressing. He did some nice things,” Reid said about Foles. “I mentioned about keeping your eyes down the field on the one long ball where he had to move and then make the throw, that just came very natural to him. He felt the pressure; he scooted to the right and kept his eyes down the field. He knew he had the receiver and gave him a good catchable ball. Damaris (Johnson) did a good jon of getting open too. That was a heck of a route.”

The competition between Kafka and Foles for the backup quarterback spot could have just gotten a lot easier for Foles.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.