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Report: Wentz could miss remainder of season

Eliot Shorr-Parks
December 12, 2018 - 11:19 am

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was a surprise addition to the injury report on Wednesday, as head coach Doug Pederson announced his franchise player is suffering from back pain and would miss practice. 

“Carson has a little bit of back soreness, tightness,” Pederson said. “We are going to rest him today and continue to evaluate him.”

Pederson would not commit to Wentz definitely playing vs. the Los Angeles Rams this upcoming Sunday, meaning there is a chance that Nick Foles could be back under center for the Eagles. 

“We are going to focus on today, get through today,” Pederson said when asked if Wentz would start vs. Rams, “and see where he is at the end of the day.”

After Pederson's press conference, an NFL.com report stated Wentz would not play this week and very well could be out the rest of the 2018 season:

Pederson did not offer up much detail on when Wentz started having the pain in his back, only saying that it did not begin during the team's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Wentz was on the injury report with a back issue earlier this season prior to Weeks 7 & 8 with back pain, but was only ever listed as limited. He was a full participant the rest of that week both times and did end up playing both weeks. 

That fact Wentz is completely missing the first practice of the week this week, however, is far different than being limited, and Pederson not committing to Wentz is certainly eye-opening. 

If it is indeed Foles this upcoming Sunday, or the rest of the season, it is hard not to think of the potential drama that might ensue. 

Imagine a world where Foles goes to Los Angeles and beats the Rams, keeping the Eagles' playoff hopes alive and fixing a broken offense. There has been, and probably always will be, a portion of the fan base that wanted to stick with Foles after he won Super Bowl LII MVP last season. Even throughout this year, some fans have called for Foles to play over Wentz. If Foles were to go to Los Angeles and get a win, those fans will only become more vocal. 

There is also the potential of Wentz not playing again this season, and ending his second straight year on the bench due to injury. In an offseason where he is eligable for a new contract, that is certainly something the Eagles will have to keep in mind when negotiating. 

Of course, Foles could end up playing terrible on Sunday and the Eagles could lose. Based off of the way he played earlier this season in his two starts, that is probably the likely outcome. 

Still, in a season that has been filled with ups-and-downs, Foles coming in and saving the season like he did last year -- and the ramifications of that -- would certainly be something to see. 

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