The Nick Foles era in Jacksonville took a bleak turn in his first game with the Jaguars on Sunday.
The 30-year-old sustained a broken left clavicle in the first quarter of the game and is out indefinitely. He will undergo surgery on Monday.
Foles had a similar injury in 2014 while with the Philadelphia Eagles, but it was a hairline fracture and he told reporters afterward this one is much worse. He added he has no time frame for recovery.
“It’s not the way you want to start your time here,” he said in his postgame press conference.
The injury happened when Foles was hit after he connected with Chris Conley for a 35-yard touchdown. Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill lowered his helmet to make contact with Foles and was flagged on the play.
Foles finished 5 of 8 for 75 yards in his brief appearance.
Afterward, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone simply summed up the news by telling reporters, “s—t happens.”
Foles was replaced by Gardner Minshew, a 23-year-old rookie out of East Carolina who was drafted in the sixth round by the Jaguars. Minshew filled in admirably, completing 22 of 25 pass attempts for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Unfortunately for Jacksoville, they could not keep up with the Chiefs’ high-powered offense and fell 40-26.
Still, it was enough to even impress Foles.
“I was really proud of him stepping up,” he said. “I’m going to be here to help him in any way possible.”