The Philadelphia Eagles discarded quarterback Carson Wentz for Sunday night’s game against Los Angeles Rams while dealing with a stress fracture in the back.
Coach Doug Pederson said Friday that he might need three months to heal, but the team reported it as in doubt before reporting Saturday that the passer will not be able to play this week.
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start at Wentz for the Eagles (6-7).
Pederson, during a tense session before the media, said that Wentz’s injury has “evolved over time” and will not need surgery. However, due to the estimated recovery time of three months, it seems unlikely that Wentz will play the rest of the season.
Wentz appeared in the injured report as a limited participant due to back problems on consecutive Wednesdays at the end of October. When asked if the stress fracture was related to that injury, Pederson raised his voice.
“He has a stress fracture, he evolved over time, and does not require surgery,”Pederson said.
“I’m not going to answer any more questions about it, we’re playing against the Rams in two days, in case you have not noticed.”
Pederson explained why he was not worried because Wentz played while the injury presumably got worse.
“There were no symptoms,” Pederson explained. “He was 100 percent, he trained, he was not in the injury report for that, so he had no problem with that.”
Pederson also said he does not anticipate any long-term problems for Wentz as a result of his injury.