The 2017 Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles are facing another setback in their struggling 2018 season. Besides facing an uphill battle to qualify for playoffs after falling to a 6-7 record, Eagles have now lost their starting quarterback Carson Wentz to a back injury.
Philadelphia’s head coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Friday that Wentz has a “stress fracture in his back,” that might require up to three months to fully heal. According to Pederson, the injury got worse in the recent weeks but won’t require a surgery.
“He has a stress injury, evolved over time and it requires no surgery,” – said Pederson. “[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.“
It remains unknown whether the Eagles will opt to sideline Carson Wentz and let him heal. If that turns out to be the case, Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles will step in for him.
Wentz tore his ACL towards the end of the last season, and Foles replaced him in the best way possible. He led the Philadelphia through the playoffs and helped the team to win the Super Bowl trophy.
Foles also started the season as Eagles’ starting QB, with Wentz not being fully recovered yet, and played two games in which he completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 451 yards and one touchdown while having one interception.
After Carson Wentz fully recovered, he took the starting job in Week 3. Although he had a statistically good season so far, Wentz struggled with consistency and Philadelphia didn’t win as many games as they would like as a result. He played 11 games, completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards and 21 touchdowns.