Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has an injury that sounds incredibly painful
Ertz had a big game in Week 1 but could be limited going forward
A lot of things went very well for the Philadelphia Eagles in their season opener against the Cleveland Browns. First of all, they won the game, 29-10. Second, Carson Wentz's debut arguably couldn't have gone any better. Wentz completed 22 of 37 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, and he didn't turn the ball over at all. (We'll note here that the statistics are better than the tape and quickly move on, so as to not anger the famously very calm Philadelphia fans.)
Wentz sprayed the ball around to six different pass-catchers, but he completed more than two passes to only three of them. His top two wide receivers, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, combined for 11 catches, 161 yards and both scores.
The third pass-catcher with more than two catches was tight end Zach Ertz. He finished the game with six catches (on seven targets) for 58 yards, ably working over the middle of the field against the Cleveland defense. It was the seventh time in 48 career games that Ertz has caught six passes or more.
The downside: Ertz suffered what sounds like a very painful injury.
Coach Pederson: Leodis McKelvin has a hamstring strain and is going to be week-to-week. Zach Ertz has a shoulder injury and is week-to-week.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 12, 2016
Coach Pederson clarifies that Ertz's injury is a rib displacement in the collarbone area. https://t.co/dkqll7t9M3— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 12, 2016
Yikes. That does not sound great.
The Eagles did not make it immediately clear if Wentz would be available for Week 2 (hence "week-to-week"). They certainly need Ertz going forward, but they luckily face a Bears defense in Week 2 that did not exactly put up much resistance against the Houston Texans' offense in Week 1 and was fairly weak last year as well.
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