EAGLES-REDSKINS: FOLES OUT, RG3 IN; COLE GONE FOR SEASON?

By Harry Allison

Even before the Eagles take the field on Saturday at Washington in a game they have to win to keep their postseason hopes alive, the real news is coming from the doctors, not the coaches.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles won’t play against the Redskins next Saturday after not being passed fit as he recovers from a broken collarbone dealing a blow to the Eagles hopes of taking the NFL’s NFC East division title.

“He’s not cleared, he’s out this week,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said on Monday, a day after Philly lost 38-27 to Dallas to fall a game behind the Cowboys in the division race.

Foles has been sidelined since he was hurt on November 2 against Houston.

What Kelly didn’t say but what has become a fact is that linebacker Trent Cole has a fractured hand and will probably miss the rest of the 2014 season.

And on the Redskins front, coach Jay Gruden announced Monday the plan is to start Robert Griffin III (photo above) Saturday against the Eagles.

Griffin finished 18-of-27 passing (66.7 percent) for 236 yards and a touchdown pass with no picks after taking over for Colt McCoy (neck) in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. The quarterback ran for 46 yards on five carries but was also sacked seven times.

Gruden added that he doesn’t expect McCoy to dress Saturday.

Griffin displayed more comfort running the offense than any time this season and flashed a bit of his formerly famed mobility — including a would-be touchdown run that was overturned before halftime.

Gruden added that he will try to build the offense around Griffin’s strengths.

“He’s got every chance this week against the Philadelphia Eagles to take this position and run with it,” the coach said.

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