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Doug Pederson: Josh McCown adds value, depth to quarterback room

Head coach Doug Pederson said once again on Saturday that he has not been part of a Training Camp where multiple quarterbacks suffered injuries that resulted in time lost on the field.

Nate Sudfeld suffered a broken left wrist in the preseason opener against Tennessee on August 8. On Thursday night, Cody Kessler suffered a concussion on the opening drive against the Jaguars.

Unique situations call for unique solutions and the Eagles pulled a quarterback out of retirement Saturday, signing 17-year NFL veteran Josh McCown to a one-year deal.

"It kind of falls in line with not only the injury situation, but also the fact that when we have an opportunity to add a little value, add a little depth, add a little competition to that spot, a veteran guy who has been around the league," Pederson said, jokingly noting that the 40-year-old McCown is closer to his age. "I've said this all along, the quarterback position is not immune to any of this, so that's why we did it."

Pederson said that it is uncertain whether or not McCown will play this Thursday night in the home preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens and the Eagles will take part in joint practices on Monday and Tuesday. The players will be in pads both days, although there will be no tackling to the ground.

Other news:

1. Guard Brandon Brooks has not yet been cleared to participate in team drills. Brooks told reporters on Sunday that Week 1 remains a possibility.

2. The Eagles signed tackle Brett Toth on Friday. Toth received a waiver from the military that allows him to pursue an NFL career, benefiting from a recent policy change by the government. The former Army standout has not played in a game since the 2018 Senior Bowl.

"Another young, talented guy," Pederson said. "This is just a part of Training Camp. You make these roster moves, swap players out all of the time. As you get closer to the end of camp, you start looking at your roster, you start looking at possible practice squad and different things, so you want to have all of the information to make educated decisions."

3. The Eagles practice Sunday at 1:40 p.m. We will have Practice Notes and the Eagle Eye in the Sky daily recap podcast later in the day. Molly Sullivan will wrap up the day's news on the season debut of Eagles 360 presented by Xfinity.

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