Eagles’ Cody Kessler Out with Concussion, Clayton Thorson Throws Touchdown

Cody Kessler

Getty Cody Kessler has had a long, strange journey to Philadelphia.

Another game, another quarterback down. Eagles backup quarterback Cody Kessler went down hard in the first quarter and left the game.

Kessler was escorted to the medical tent where he was evaluated for concussion symptoms. He walked back into the locker room for further evaluation, with no official word from the team. Kessler was 1-for-4 for 11 yards, including a rush for a first down.

Kessler was dropping back to throw with 12:23 left in the first quarter when Jaguars pass-rusher Dontae Jones blind-sided the quarterback off the edge. He absolutely pummeled Kessler and forced him from the game.

Clayton Thorson Takes Over at Quarterback

Fourth-string quarterback Clayton Thorson came on in relief and connected with receiver Greg Ward on a 38-yard touchdown, the first of his NFL career.

The rookie signal-caller out of Northwestern didn’t look like he belonged in the league last week against Tennessee. Chalk it up to rookie nerves and being thrust into the spotlight ahead of schedule after the untimely wrist injury suffered by backup Nate Sudfeld. Thorson was forced into action in the fourth quarter and caused downright panic across the Philadelphia region with his complete lack of awareness or touch. Maybe the lights were just too bright.

Eagles Down to Emergency Quarterbacks

With Cody Kessler out and Clayton Thorson assuming the starting quarterback role, the Eagles are down to their emergency quarterbacks. There are no other signal-callers on the active roster.

Thorson is playing in Thursday’s preseason game, but if he gets knocked out it’ll be up to two wide receivers to line up under center. Braxton Miller and Greg Ward are listed as the emergency quarterbacks, or “next men up.”