Eagles coach Doug Pederson was quick to shut down questions about quarterback Carson Wentz’s back injury that popped up this week.
Coach Doug Pederson didn’t reveal too much information about Wentz’s status, though he did tell reporters Friday that Wentz is dealing with a stress injury and the expected recovery is three months. Pederson said he’s officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams.
“This thing has evolved over time and it requires zero surgery to heal,” Pederson said.
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Pederson was pressed for more information on Wentz’s injury, but refused to give more details as he repeated several times: “He has a stress injury. It evolved over time and it requires no surgery. I’m not asking or answering any more questions about it.
“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,” he added. “It’s in Carson’s best interest right now.”
ESPN reported Thursday that Wentz has a fractured vertebrae after undergoing further evaluation, though Pederson wasn’t willing to confirm that diagnosis. It’s not likely Wentz will play Sunday against the Rams, according to NFL Network, and he may not play again in 2018.
The injury first came to light Wednesday when Pederson revealed Wentz would miss practice because of back spasms, according to the team’s website. Pederson added Wentz’s injury was not game-related and he will be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles, who led the Eagles through the postseason and to a championship last season, would start if Wentz can’t play Sunday.
The defending Super Bowl champions are 6-7 and enter a critical three-game stretch as they face the Rams, Texans and Redskins. The Eagles are sitting second in the NFC East, two games behind the Cowboys.