Wentz (back) is expected to return to full health by the start of the Eagles' offseason program in April, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Once he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back, Wentz was shut down for the final three games of the regular season, all of which were Eagles victories at the direction of his replacement Nick Foles. Foles proceeded to lead the team to a wild-card win in Chicago, but the magic wore out during a divisional-round loss at New Orleans. Afterward, coach Doug Pederson committed to Wentz as Philadelphia's starting quarterback moving forward, per Tim McManus of ESPN.com. While the QB situation remains somewhat murky due to Wentz's health and Foles' presence, the latter likely will be resolved before the new league year begins on March 13 as a result of fine print within his contract. Beyond that, the former expects to progress from his current place in a strengthening program to full participant in the team's offseason program.
Wentz will be the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2019, Tim McManus of ESPN reports. Coach Doug Pederson wasted no time clarifying Wentz was still the franchise quarterback while basically saying goodbye to Nick Foles in the same breath. The latter is 30 and will cost more than $20 million to keep, and while he won a Super Bowl MVP, it was the 26-year-old 2016 first-round pick who laid much of the groundwork for that Super Bowl run with MVP-caliber play of his own. Unfortunately, injury kept Wentz out of a second straight playoff run as he was diagnosed with a fractured back vertebra prior to Week 15 and missed the rest of the season. His back will not require surgery and should be fully healed in the next two months. The North Dakota State product finished 2018 having completed 279 of 401 passing attempts for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games. On a per-game basis, those numbers compare favorably to his previous year, but his rushing took a hit in the first year back from a torn ACL. Wentz ran the ball barely half as many times as a year ago and managed a career-low 93 rushing yards in the process. Showing some recovered mobility in the preseason would boost his fantasy stock heading into 2019, but staying healthy will be most important for team and player.
Coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Wentz (back) is "still getting better" and noted that the team is waiting for the quarterback to gain clearance from doctors before bringing him back as a practice participant, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. Pederson suggested earlier in the week that Wentz would remain sidelined for the Eagles' divisional-round matchup Sunday against the Saints and tabbed Nick Foles as the starting quarterback and Nate Sudfeld as the backup. However, when addressing Wentz's situation Wednesday, Pederson said that Wentz could be active as a third quarterback, according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia. That's a rather unlikely outcome in the event Wentz is unable to practice beforehand, something that doesn't sound like he'll be able to do at any point Wednesday through Friday. Even if Wentz progresses to the point of being able to play in the NFC Championship Game or the Super Bowl, the Eagles would probably stick with Foles, who has played well while guiding the team to four straight victories.
Coach Doug Pederson confirmed Monday that Wentz (back) would remain out of the Eagles' divisional-round matchup with the Saints this weekend, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Pederson noted that Wentz is "still getting healthy" while recovering from a fractured back, paving the way for Nick Foles to make a fifth straight start under center Sunday while Nate Sudfeld works as the No. 2 quarterback. The Eagles have thus far resisted moving Wentz to injured reserve, though all indications are that he won't be available at any point during the Eagles' playoff run.
Wentz (back) isn't expected to be available for the postseason should the team qualify, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Nick Foles will make a third straight start in Wentz's stead in the regular-season finale Sunday, with an Eagles victory over the Redskins combined with a Vikings loss to the Bears guaranteeing Philadelphia a spot in the playoffs. While the Eagles will cast their lot with Foles the rest of the way, Wentz is scheduled to undergo another scan on his fractured back in the near future, just to ensure that he's healing as anticipated. Despite Foles' success in place of the injured Wentz both this year and last, Rapoport suggests that Foles is unlikely to return to Philadelphia in 2019, signaling that the organization still views Wentz as its long-term answer under center.
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