Eagles QB Carson Wentz has been dealing with back issues all season, and after undergoing a battery of tests earlier this week, he apparently has been diagnosed with a fractured vertebra. ESPN’s Adam Schefter got the scoop, and the injury seems like it will probably keep him out at least this weekend against the Rams, if not much longer.
Doug Pederson has been vague about Wentz’s status all week, and it turns out the “tightness” and “soreness” are far more serious than originally thought.
The injury won’t require surgery—it’s just a matter of rest apparently—so all signs point to the 6-7 Eagles shutting down Wentz for the rest of the season to allow him to fully heal up before next season. After all, he is coming back from a devastating knee injury and he never seemed fully right this year. The good news for Eagles fans is, Nick Foles is set to take over, and he only gets stronger as the playoffs approach.
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Schefter added there will be a “continued evaluation of his back to determine whether continuing to play this season would worsen the injury for the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback.”
Wentz has been prone to injuries dating back to his college days at North Dakota State. He missed eight weeks during his senior season with a broken wrist.
The 25-year-old tore his ACL against the Rams in Week 14 last year, missing Philadelphia’s run to the Super Bowl and the first two games of this season.
If Wentz has to miss time, Nick Foles will take over as the Eagles quarterback. He hasn’t played since Week 2, and he has thrown for 451 yards, one touchdown and one interception in two games in 2018.
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