The NFL didn't fine or suspend Fletcher Cox for what Cox said was the accidental orbital fracture he gave 49ers tackle Joe Staley during the Eagles' 33-10 victory Sunday. No penalty was assessed on the play.
Cox was trying to catch up to Staley to block him after Jalen Mills' interception, which Mills returned for a touchdown, near the end of the first half.
"I respect Joe a lot, and guys who have been around this league a lot," Cox said Thursday. Staley, 33, has been to five Pro Bowls as a left tackle. "I pulled up on him. He was going full speed, and we both braced [put up hands] at the same time," Cox said. "It was just a mistake. My hand went into his helmet. I'm glad that he was OK, and that I didn't break my hand in the process."
Staley and other 49ers were reported to have called the play "dirty."
"This game is so fast, most people don't understand," Cox said. "He was frustrated at the time, thought it was a dirty play, but honestly, who goes out and pokes people in the eye on purpose?
"I reached out to Joe and we talked through it. He did tell me that he's been on the opposite side of that situation. … I checked on him, he's fine, and we have no beef and nothing going on."
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was named NFC offensive player of the month for October. Wentz is the first Eagle to win the award since LeSean McCoy in December 2013.
Wentz completed 89 of 148 passes (60.1 percent) for 1,247 yards, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 110.4 passer rating during the month. Wentz and the Eagles were 5-0 in October. Wentz led all NFC quarterbacks in passing TDs and passer rating. The 14 touchdown passes were the most thrown by an Eagles quarterback in a month in franchise history.
Quarterback Nate Sudfeld was promoted to the Eagles' 53-man roster this week after the Indianapolis Colts tried to sign him, in advance of the announcement Thursday that Andrew Luck will go on injured reserve.
Sudfeld said that after his agent notified the Eagles of the Colts' interest, Howie Roseman "got a hold of me pretty much immediately, and we discussed the prospects going forward." When Roseman told Sudfeld he would make room on the roster, "it wasn't a very difficult decision," Sudfeld said, although given Luck's shoulder woes, the path to actually playing in games might be easier in Indianapolis.
"It's obviously flattering to get interest anywhere, but ultimately I've wanted to stay here since I've been here; they've taken care of me. I really see a great future with this team, and I'm excited to be here," Sudfeld said.
Sudfeld came to the Eagles when Washington released him at the end of the preseason. The Redskins wanted him for their practice squad, but the Eagles offered more money.
"You can say all you want, but actions speak louder than words, obviously," Sudfeld said, when asked if it was reassuring to have the team so intent on keeping him. "To have them activate me just means a lot, and I'm very happy that they did."