Carson Wentz’s Injury Needs 3-Months of Recovery Time
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson said on Friday (December 14th) that quarterback Carson Wentz will not require surgery for the stress fracture in his back.
Wentz's injury could take about three months to heal properly. Coach Pederson told the media that the injury has 'evolved over time'.
Wentz is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game in Los Angeles against the Rams. Nick Foles is 'expected' to start if Wentz is unable to go. Pederson and the Eagles have not officially ruled out Wentz playing on Sunday or for the rest of the season, although given the recovery time needed for the injury, it seems unlikely.
Pederson was grilled by the media in what's described by ESPN's Tim McManus as a 'tense back-and-forth'. Pederson stated:
He has a stress injury, evolved over time and it requires no surgery...I'm not answering any more questions about it. We're playing the Rams in two days, if you guys haven't figured this out...
Pederson continued and said there weren't symptoms and Wentz was 100 percent, therefore, there was no issue with having the quarterback play. The Eagles coach does not anticipate any long-term effects from Wentz's injury:
The fact that he doesn't need surgery on this is the best news that you could possibly have on anybody that has a stress fracture or a stress injury in this case...As long as we take the proper steps to make sure that all our players are 100 percent, then [there's no concern].
The Eagles (6-7) will play the Rams (11-2) at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday Night Football on NBC as Philadelphia will try to keep their playoff hopes alive.