Carson Wentz’s back went from being sore to broken in a 24-hour period.
On Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson revealed that his quarterback had, “a little bit of back soreness, a little tightness.”
On Thursday, it was widely reported that Wentz has a fracture in his back. The new was first reported by The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Exactly how long it has been there is unclear at this point, since it has only shown up on the latest CT scan. The Eagles have done CT scans on Wentz throughout the season, and nothing turned up during those. So this is either a recent injury or it was somehow missed.
Wentz was a limited participant in practice during the week leading up the game against Jacksonville in London.
Pederson was asked about that during his Monday news conference and said, “Sometimes he just gets a little sore, a little tight. Just going to rest him today and evaluate him further.”
The coach was asked if it happened during the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
“Nothing game-related,” he said. “He's dealt with it, and so we're going to continue to evaluate.”
A follow-up question later in the news conference was, “Are you guys sure he wasn’t experiencing any back issues during the game?”
“We've monitored him since he tore his knee; since he damaged his knee,” said Pederson. “We've been on him and monitoring him. Listen, every player is going to play with a little nagging injury from time to time. That's just the way it works in this business. The quarterback is no exception, obviously. So, we've monitored it and stayed on top of it and have had great communication with him.”
Pederson thought Wentz was well enough to try a quarterback option play on third-and-one in the first half with Wentz, who kept the ball and got hit hard near the sideline for a one-yard loss.
Wentz hasn’t looked himself this season, and many assumed it was simply the process of recovering from having two ligaments in his left knee repaired. Now, there is something more.
In re-watching Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, Wentz looked stiff and rigid, especially late in the game. He was never able to escape the pocket when the Cowboys pressured him.
Pederson said that there were no running lanes to escape into.
The fracture isn’t expected to require surgery, and rest would eventually heal it. It will, however, most likely mean that Wentz misses at least Sunday’s game in Los Angeles against the Rams. It may also mean that he could miss the remainder of the season.
The Eagles are believed to still be determining whether or not Wentz would risk further injury to the fracture if he were to continuing playing this season.
Wentz is reportedly going outside the Eagles’ medical staff for a second opinion.
Quarterbacks Derek Carr, Cam Newton and the now-retired Tony Romo suffered a fracture in their back and each missed only one game.
The Eagles have a slim chance at the postseason and must win at least two of their final three games and get help to make it happen, so the situation may be different for Wentz.
Pederson will meet with the media on Friday morning.