Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles said his wife urged him to rejoin the team for OTAs this week, just days after she suffered a miscarriage.
Foles’ wife, Tori, announced on Instagram on Wednesday she had a miscarriage Sunday. She was 15 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child when she unexpectedly went into labor and “knew something was wrong.”
Foles returned to OTAs on Thursday and addressed the tragedy for the first time Friday after practice.
“She knows how important family is to me, but she also wanted me to be here to be with the team,” Foles told reporters. “It was really up to her, and she wanted me to come here and be with the team for a little bit. …
“If my wife needed me at home right now, I’d be at home. That’s just me being honest.”
Tori Foles returned home earlier this week and is taking antibiotics to fight the infection that caused the miscarriage. She was diagnosed several years ago with dysautonomia, which affects blood flow.
“She’s the one who said, ‘Go, the team needs you right now,’” Foles said. “She knows I’m coming home right away. So that’s her. It really is as simple as that. … It’s never going to be, ‘Poor me’ or anything. It’s never that way. She goes through something every day with a chronic illness and she’s never going to do that. She’s tough. She fights through everything.”
Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars in March, said the Jaguars have “been awesome” helping him throughout the tragedy.
“I know there are a lot of people that go through this,” Foles said. “It’s difficult. It’s really difficult. It will always be emotional, but ultimately we trust the Lord in this process. We get home to our beautiful baby girl and we hug her even tighter. … Tori’s going through a lot right now. I’m here. The team’s been awesome, but when I’m done here, get home to them so we can continue to heal with one another.”