Eagles May Have Just Shut Down Carson Wentz
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Just over a year to the day of his ACL/LCL tear in Los Angeles last year, Carson Wentz was set to return to the Coliseum against the Rams.
Some mystery was added to that mix on Wednesday when Doug Pederson cavalierly added Carson Wentz to the injury list before practice.
"A new one, Carson has a little bit of back soreness, a little tightness so we are going to rest him today," the coach said, "[We will] continue to evaluate him and make sure he's good."
Minutes after Pederson was done talking to the local media the NFL Network reported that Wentz is not expected to play this week and depending on the result of the game (as well as the results elsewhere), it's possible that the third-year QB may not play again in 2018.
Wentz was limited for three practices in October, starting in Week 6 during a short week in preparation for the New York Giants with the explanation being "rest." In Weeks 7 and 8 -- before games against Carolina and Jacksonville in London respectively, the issue was related to the back, however.
Pederson claimed the injury was “nothing game related” and that sometimes Wentz “gets a little sore, a little tight.”
“We’re going to focus on today, get through today and see where he’s at at the end of the day,” Pederson insisted.
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who took over for Wentz down the stretch of last season after the injury against the Rams and started the first two games this season, a win over Atlanta and a loss to Tampa Bay, will again take over with Nate Sudfeld serving as the backup.
The Eagles (6-7) are still in the playoff hunt with three games remaining in the regular season.
If Wentz is indeed shut down for the season he will finish his campaign with 3,074 passing yards, a career-best 69.6 completion percentage, 21 touchdowns against seven interceptions, and a 102.2 passer rating.
In other injury news, the Eagles are dealing with a number of players who were listed as day-to-day by Pederson, including defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (back), defensive back Avonte Maddox (knee/ankle), middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (calf) and cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring).
“We’ll evaluate him today and see where he’s at,” Pederson said when discussing Jernigan. Maddox, meanwhile, described as "improving."
“There’s a chance [Maddox] practices, but again, we’ll see where he’s at physically,” Pederson said.
Hicks, who has missed the last three games with his calf ailment, seems close and was spotted moving well by 973espn, com when heading in for rehab on Tuesday: "we will see where he’s at after today and tomorrow,” Pederson said.
Nothing furthered was offered on Jones after the “day-to-day” designation.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen