Wednesday morning Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters Carson Wentz would not be participating in practice due to back spasms. Reporters asked about the liklihood of Wentz starting Sunday, and Pederson answered as cautious as he could with a simple, “We’ll see.” Adding “Well sometimes he gets a little sore. We’ll just rest him today and evaluate him further. It’s something he’s dealing with, and we’ll continue to evaluate.”
But after the press conference, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Wentz’s injury could be significantly more serious than just missing one game.
#Eagles QB Carson Wentz, dealing with a back issue, is not expected to play this week, sources say. Depending on the result, given the time of year, Wentz may not play again in 2018. The team is still gathering info on his health.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 12, 2018
This year Wentz has completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 102.2 passer rating. Even with respectable numbers, common consensus is that Wentz has not performed like the MVP candidate we saw the beginning of the 2017 season. Perhaps the back injury has had an effect on his play.
If Wentz can’t play, Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles, who led the team through the postseason and to a championship last season and started in the first few games of the 2018 season would start on Sunday.
Foles has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 451 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 78.9 passer rating this season while filling in for Wentz this season. During the Eagles Championship run last year Foles completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 971 yards, six touchdowns, one interception, and a 115.7 passer rating.
The Eagles, who currently sit second in the NFC East at 6-7 two games back from the Cowboys, are entering a crucial three-game stretch as the defending Super Bowl champions will face the Rams, Texans, and Redskins.