NFL Injury Report: Eagles unclear, but Wentz hurting
The Philadelphia Eagles haven't exactly been forthcoming this week as the drama surrounding quarterback Carson Wentz's back injury intensified.
It began Wednesday with reports that Wentz might not play in Sunday's game against the Rams because of the injury, which head coach Doug Pederson described as spasms.
Following that, additional reports described the injury as a fracture after he underwent testing Tuesday and that Wentz could be shut down for the rest of the season.
The situation was further muddied Friday when Pederson told the media Wentz would be listed as questionable Sunday with a "stress" injury to his back only to have him show up on the injury report as doubtful.
Pederson did say that Wentz would make the cross-country trip with the team to Los Angeles, while acknowledging that it could take three months for him to fully recover.
When asked if he would confirm that Wentz has a fractured vertebrae, Pederson said, "Here's what I can confirm. That he has a stress injury; that this thing has evolved over time and it requires zero surgery to heal."
A reporter asked, "stress fracture?" and Pederson responded, "A stress injury, yeah. You can word it how you want, fracture, injury."
Pederson was providing as little information as possible when he was asked why he wouldn't be specific about the injury to the team's franchise quarterback. The coach said, "Because I don't think it needs to be aired out publicly. It's an in-house decision and that's the way we're going to keep it and it's in Carson's best interest right now."
Wentz showed up on the injury report with a back injury in October, so naturally there were questions whether the latest issue began then. That's when Pederson got testy and said, "He has a stress injury, evolved over time, and he requires no surgery. I'm not asking or answering any more questions about it. We're playing the Rams in two days, if you guys haven't figured this out. So, he's listed as questionable and that's the way it is."
Of course, it turned out that's not the way it is with Wentz listed as doubtful.
HOUSTON TEXANS at NEW YORK JETS (Saturday)
--QUESTIONABLE: WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), G Zach Fulton (hand), S Andre Hal (ankle)
NEW YORK JETS
--OUT: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (concussion), RB Isaiah Crowell (toe), WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle)
--QUESTIONABLE: RB Trenton Cannon (toe), LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder, ankle), CB Trumaine Johnson (foot), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder)
CLEVELAND BROWNS at DENVER BRONCOS (Saturday night)
--OUT: T Austin Corbett (foot), CB Denzel Ward (concussion)
--QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Gaines (knee), DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps), C J.C. Tretter (ankle)
--OUT: LB Shaquil Barrett (hip), CB Chris Harris Jr. (fibula), CB Isaac Yiadom (shoulder)
--QUESTIONABLE: DE Derek Wolfe (concussion)
ARIZONA CARDINALS at ATLANTA FALCONS
--QUESTIONABLE: S Budda Baker (knee), LB Deone Bucannon (chest), WR Chad Williams (hamstring)
--OUT: DT Terrell McClain (toe)
--QUESTIONABLE: RB Ito Smith (knee, neck)
DALLAS COWBOYS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
--OUT: DL David Irving (ankle), G Zack Martin (knee), TE Geoff Swaim (wrist)
--QUESTIONABLE: WR Tavon Austin (groin), DE Randy Gregory (not injury related), LB Sean Lee (hamstring), WR Lance Lenoir (illness), T Tyron Smith (neck)
--OUT: G Mark Glowinski (ankle), S Mike Mitchell (calf), LB Skai Moore (neck)
--QUESTIONABLE: S Clayton Geathers (knee), WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle)
DETROIT LIONS at BUFFALO BILLS
--OUT: WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring), DL Da'Shawn Hand (knee), RB Kerryon Johnson (knee), T Rick Wagner (concussion), S Charles Washington (hamstring)
--QUESTIONABLE: LB Trevor Bates (ankle), FB Nick Bellore (ankle), CB Marcus Cooper Sr. (back), T Taylor Decker (shoulder), LB Devon Kennard (hip), QB Matthew Stafford (back)
--OUT: CB Ryan Lewis (concussion)
--QUESTIONABLE: K Stephen Hauschka (right hip), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring), TE Logan Thomas (hamstring)
GREEN BAY PACKERS at CHICAGO BEARS
GREEN BAY PACKERS
--DOUBTFUL: T Bryan Bulaga (knee)
--QUESTIONABLE: CB Bashaud Breeland (groin, not injury related), DT Kenny Clark (elbow)
--QUESTIONABLE: S Eddie Jackson (shin), DT Bilal Nichols (knee), WR Allen Robinson II (hip)
MIAMI DOLPHINS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS
--DOUBTFUL: CB Xavien Howard (knee)
--QUESTIONABLE: S T.J. McDonald (ankle)
--OUT: WR Chad Beebe (hamstring)
--QUESTIONABLE: TE David Morgan (knee), G Mike Remmers (back), DT Sheldon Richardson (hip)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
No players listed
--OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (knee)
--QUESTIONABLE: RB James Conner (ankle), WR/RS Ryan Switzer (ankle)
OAKLAND RAIDERS at CINCINNATI BENGALS
--QUESTIONABLE: DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), G Gabe Jackson (elbow, ankle), G Kelechi Osemele (toe), LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring)
--OUT: LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)
--DOUBTFUL: CB KeiVarae Russell (finger)
--QUESTIONABLE: T Cordy Glenn (back), DE Michael Johnson (concussion), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle), CB Tony McRae (concussion)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
--OUT: S Maurice Alexander (concussion)
--DOUBTFUL: G/T D.J. Fluker (hamstring)
--QUESTIONABLE: WR Doug Baldwin (hip), S Bradley McDougald (hamstring), DT Jarran Reed (oblique)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
--OUT: S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)
--QUESTIONABLE: RB Matt Breida (ankle), WR Marquise Goodwin (calf), DL Cassius Marsh (concussion), LB Mark Nzeocha (groin), WR Dante Pettis (foot), CB K'Waun Williams (knee)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at BALTIMORE RAVENS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
--OUT: S Justin Evans (toe), WR DeSean Jackson (thumb)
--QUESTIONABLE: DT Beau Allen (wrist), CB Carlton Davis (knee), T Demar Dotson (knee), S Isaiah Johnson (concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee, hip), LB Adarius Taylor (not injury related)
--DOUBTFUL: G Alex Lewis (shoulder)
--QUESTIONABLE: QB Joe Flacco (right hip), CB Marlon Humphrey (groin), S Tony Jefferson (ankle), LB/DB Anthony Levine (ankle), LB Tim Williams (ankle), CB Tavon Young (groin)
TENNESSEE TITANS at NEW YORK GIANTS
--OUT: RB David Fluellen (knee), LB Brian Orakpo (elbow), TE Cole Wick (shoulder)
NEW YORK GIANTS
--OUT: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quadriceps)
WASHINGTON REDSKINS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
--OUT: LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring), G Tony Bergstrom (ankle, knee), QB Colt McCoy (fibula), TE Jordan Reed (ankle, foot)
--QUESTIONABLE: WR Josh Doctson (concussion), DE Matt Ioannidis (shin), T Morgan Moses (ankle), S Montae Nicholson (illness), T Ty Nsekhe (knee), LS Nick Sundberg (back), RB Chris Thompson (illness)
--OUT: WR DJ Chark (quadriceps), T Jermey Parnell (knee), G Josh Walker (ankle)
--QUESTIONABLE: K Josh Lambo (right groin), DE Lerentee McCray (illness)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at LOS ANGELES RAMS (Sunday night)
--OUT: LB Jordan Hicks (calf), DT Timmy Jernigan (back), CB Sidney Jones (hamstring), G Isaac Seumalo (pectoral)
--DOUBTFUL: QB Carson Wentz (back)
--QUESTIONABLE: DE Michael Bennett (foot), S Avonte Maddox (ankle, knee), WR Shelton Gibson (wrist)
LOS ANGELES RAMS
No players listed